Friday, March 10, 2017
Marine Corps photo sharing scandal looks bad for social media services
The recent scandal of unauthorized photo-sharing in the Marine Corps of indecent images of female Marines certainly draws attention to how social media can be disruptive on the job and particularly in the military.
Business Insider has a detailed account of the potentialities here. Servicemen attempted to circumvent the closing of a Facebook group by going to a message board site called AnonIB. I tried to go to the “.co” domain and instant got a (heterosexual) pornographic message and nude female image.
In the backdrop, of course, is the cultural change over women in combat, and, more distantly, gays in the military. But it’s unlikely that gay photosharing would get very far in the military even given the 2011 repeal of “don’t ask don’t tell”.
This could add to Trump’s distrust of computers and Internet culture, with serious consequences for free speech in other areas later.