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The US Navy has issued new guidelines forbidding personnel from sharing intimate images with out consent.

They ban the sharing of pictures when “the individual depicted had an affordable expectation of privateness” or “with out authorized justification or excuse”.

It follows the discovery that some marines had been sharing images of girls in a personal Fb group.

Service personnel discovered to be violating the rules might be handled by navy courts.

The interim order, which was signed on Tuesday, is predicted to be made everlasting within the subsequent version of the US Navy rules.

The images began appearing on the members-only Marines United group in January, when the primary US Marine infantry unit started admitting ladies.

They had been usually accompanied by obscene feedback and among the ladies within the photos had been recognized by title, rank and unit.

Membership of the group, now closed, was restricted to lively and retired male US Marines and Navy Corpsmen, and British Royal Marines.

A spokesperson for the Royal Navy mentioned that as the photographs had been posted by US Marines, it was “a matter for the US authorities”.

A few of the pictures appeared to have been taken covertly, whereas others are believed to have been taken with the ladies’s consent however posted with out permission.

Fb and Google closed the social media accounts of these posting the photographs, following a request from the US Marine Corps.

A Google Drive folder internet hosting the photographs was additionally deleted.