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Female Marines group appeals to Sheryl Sandberg to fix Facebook's revenge porn problem

Female Marines group appeals to Sheryl Sandberg to fix Facebook's revenge porn problem
From TechCrunch - April 13, 2017

With a letter straight to the top, a group of Marines is demandingthatFacebook get a grip on the systemic harassment that plagues its female servicemembers.

In March, Facebook becamethe epicenter of the Marines United scandal, which exposed a massive online community where users shared often intimate photos of servicewomen without their consent. While suchcontent isnt limited to Facebook, it has thrived there and continues to do so in the aftermath of the scandal, which the USMC is still struggling to contain.

In a thorough, thoughtfullyarticulated letter, veteran andNot in My Marine Corps co-founder Erin Kirk-Cuomo calls for Sheryl Sandberg to take a personal interest in fighting the spread of nonconsensual photo sharing and gendered harassment on Facebook:

We applaud the updates in facial recognition software in an effort to end the sharing of revenge pornography announced by Facebook last week. However, Facebook has been negligent in removing pages, groups, and users, that actively promote nonconsensual intimate photo sharing and incite sexual violence and harassment.

For Facebook leadership to publicize their value to the military family, then ignore its complicity in the misconduct perpetrated by its users is, at best, naive. At its worst, this failure directly contributes to the inescapable sexism that is part of the military culture.

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