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Hey Private, what do you have there?

A first sentence has been handed out in a widening scandal centered on Facebook page, “Marines United”. The 30,000 strong group with several active-duty marines claiming membership was apparently being used as a forum for circulating explicit pictures of female service members and other women.

The story first hit media attention back in March when a report published by investigative journalist and former Marine, Thomas Brennan, detailed the sophisticated and disturbing nature of the groups’ activities.

“What made this different was the volume of photographs and the details: names, ranks, duty stations.”

According to Brennan, the intelligence gathering methods employed here were similar to tactics at play in Afghanistan and Iraq. In other words, the group had evolved far past glorified locker room antics, and specific women were being targeted and exposed.

One such woman is former Marine Corporal, Ella Audra. Ella suspects that her pictures were leaked to the group as she began to receive messages through her social media profile a few years after leaving active duty. To Ella’s surprise, some of the messages she got even included specific details about her deployment and members she’d served with.

For their part, the Naval Criminal Investigative Service were quick to respond to the growing calls for justice, launching an investigation into the group and encouraging any victims to get in contact.

Marine Corps Representative Maj. Christian Devine had this to say,

“As a father of a young lady growing up in today’s digital information environment, I find this type of voyeurism disturbing and the subsequent justification of it to be repulsive.”

“People who do this to others, regardless of their proclaimed affiliation to military culture, are cowards. Their actions are inconsistent with the Marine Corps’ values and team building, and it impedes our collective ability to perform our mission and win.”

Further investigations in March revealed that the ring extended to a dedicated online image hosting site for military personnel known as AnonIB. Inside were rows of threads requesting “wins”, nude photos of specific female service members, often posted alongside images from their targets’ Instagram accounts with deployment details and full names also provided to aid identification.

Such threads often ran for several months with victims shutting down their social media accounts multiple times to avoid harassment, before nude photos would eventually be posted.

After posting one such image a member purporting to be an ex-boyfriend wrote,

“She knows how to end it all. If she does get in contact with me I won’t post anymore. So get it while it’s hot!”

Cadets from military academies seemed to be involved in the activities as well, one academy related thread started with the challenge,

“Bumping all 3 service academies’ threads to see who can post the best wins in the next 7 days.”

The anonymous nature of the hosting site and its user base posed several problems for investigative efforts. With the website hosted in the Bahamas, and no real names provided on the site itself, it was near impossible to identify any of the major culprits involved in the scandal. Getting the site itself shut down would also be an uphill task due to jurisdictional issues, so any images could be archived and moved elsewhere.

A culture of heroism and honor distinguishes the USMC from other branches of the military, the bonds of loyalty forged in the heat of battle are well known to those who have served. In light of this, the actions of this group seem to fly in the face of many of these values. With female integration in both combat and non-combat roles still moving forward, it remains to be seen if greater female participation can even be possible in such an atmosphere.

The dominoes have fallen quickly as the story has gained prominence. In March Marines United was finally shut down and in May the House passed the PRIVATE act, criminalizing the sharing of sexually explicit photographs.

Now the first sentence has been handed down with one marine receiving 10 days of solitary confinement, a rank reduction and a month forfeiture of salary. 22 others have received administrative action to date with a further seven receiving non-judicial punishment.

It is obvious that the establishment is treating this issue with the seriousness it merits, with more sentences seemingly following – let’s hope that the message sent to the perpetrators of these cowardly acts is clear. The only people our Marines target are those that seek to harm the interests of the United States of America.

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In a startling statement, billionaire social media tycoon, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, has said that the people of California should not think of themselves as the ones to decide the values of people the world over.

In a recent mission statement titled “Building a Global Community,” the billionaire entrepreneur elaborated on the mission for his company going forward. He said his mission focused on connecting individuals across the planet. His plan includes a voting system. Fast Company had a chat with Zuckerberg to get more details on the plan.

“At the very end of your letter you mention building a global voting system. You’re not talking about political voting. What is that about?”

Zuckerberg clarified that the voting system is in part, comprehending that cultures and lines exist from region to region, and a major part of developing a global community is to allow different communities to decide for themselves what is best for them, and not some people in a state that has its own principles and values.

“I was talking about collective decision making. One of the things that we have struggled with recently is how do we have a set of community standards that can apply across a community of almost two billion people. One example that has been quite controversial has been nudity. There are very different cultural norms ranging from country to country. In some places, the idea that showing a woman’s breasts would be controversial feels backwards. But there are other places where images that are at all sexually suggestive, even if they don’t show nudity, just because of a pose, that’s over the line. The question is, in a larger community, how do you build mechanisms so that the community can decide for itself and individuals can decide for themselves where they want the lines to be? This is a tricky part of running this company. In setting the nudity policy, for example, we are not trying to impose our values on folks, we’re trying to reflect what the community thinks. We have come to this realization that a bunch of people sitting in a room in California is not going to be the best way to reflect all the local values that people have around the world. So we need to evolve the systems for collective decision making. It’s an interesting problem. There are certainly going to be a lot more global infrastructure and global enterprises going forward, there just hasn’t been anything at this scale yet.”

Zuckerberg further explained that there will be guidelines in place. For example, Facebook will obviously not allow child pornography on the site, nor will the incitement of violence against any race or people be allowed. However, when it comes to the operation of Facebook’s policies in the future, it will be community driven.

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Nobody on the left expected Trump to win, and now they are freaking out and saying the worst things to Trump voters.

The left calls themselves the party of inclusion and they claim to be open minded, but where are those people today?

Instead of seeing gracious losers, Hillary fans are taking to social media to berate Trump fans.

Here is one guy in New Jersey who decided to delete all his friends who voted for Trump.

How hypocritical is it to call supporters of Trump “fascists” and then silence their opinions? Liberal circle logic can never be understood.

Another example of horrible logic is comparing September 11, 2001 to November 9, 2016.

The comparison is inappropriate and lacks compassion.

People on the left are losing their minds and the media is to blame for making them think Hillary was actually going to win. The corporate media got it so wrong and that is what is fueling some of the anger.

Some found a way to add race to it.

But lets be honest, some people are taking it too far. This woman’s meltdown is going viral.

Hopefully she really didn’t kill herself. We promise, it isn’t that bad.

Hillary agrees.

On Wednesday, just before noon, Hillary spoke to her supporters in New York and gave her concession speech. It may have been her best speech this year.

Hillary says that we owe Donald Trump an “open mind and the opportunity to lead.”

She acted with the grace and humility that should be an example to her party, but her fans on social media disagree. They don’t think Trump won.

This is a good one to leave on.

Hopefully we can find a way to move past this and heal, but Trump is going to have to lead us through this mess. Like Hillary said, lets give him the opportunity to lead.

Let us know how many friends you have lost on Facebook because of this election in the comments below.

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Over the weekend there was a lot of discussion about race, police and Black Lives Matter on Facebook and one man took it too far.

A former high school football star in St. Louis was shot and killed after he got into an argument with a police officer about Black Lives Matter on Facebook.

Tyler Gebhard, 20-years old, decided to break into the house of the police officer after threatening him on Facebook.

Gebhard threw a large fifty-pound planter through a window of the officer’s home where the officer and his wife, two kids and mother-in-law were sleeping.

Gebhard entered the home and was shot and killed by the off-duty police officer.

Gebhard made public threats and then broke into the home of a police officer, with the potential to do harm. The officer was justified in the shooting.

The police chief, Jon Belmar said, “I don’t think the officer had a choice — I honestly don’t. He also described the situation as “a very difficult position to be in.”

It is sad that this officer had to take a life, but what kind of society do we live in, when a Facebook discussion can lead to a home invasion?

Do you think the officer was right in shooting the young intruder? Let us know in the comments below.

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In recent interviews with former Facebook employees, the shocking news has come out that Facebook has allegedly kept conservative topics from trending on its news feed.

Facebook claims to have a goal to bring people together, but limiting the speech of millions of conservatives will do nothing but divide this great country even more than it already is.

Facebook has reportedly increased the views and support for liberal groups like Black Lives Matter, while limiting conservative speech and news.

Stand with Citizen-Action and sign the petition to tell Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook to stop restricting conservative news and opinions.

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In a startling article written by Gizmodo after several conversations with former Facebook employees, the tech blog discovered that Facebook employees made Black Lives Matter trend.

The news section of Facebook alerts the users to the trending topics, the news that most people are talking about and sharing. The news should be a direct reflection of what is going on in the world and the topics that are most important to the users.

What Facebook did was make #BlackLivesMatter trend when there were not that many people talking about it. They inserted the movement into the news to make it news.

This may not seem like a huge deal, but coupled with the reports of Facebook ignoring conservative topics in the same news feed, it shows how influential the company really is.

By downplaying the right and giving support to the left, it does sway public opinion. Millions of Americans look to Facebook as their main news source. How can we have an informed public that only gets one-sided news?

The power that Facebook possesses is scary.

Facebook has the ability to sway public opinion on topics simply by controlling what topics people see.

Here is an example.

Anyone can go on Facebook and post a video about a Trump rally. If they post a video on how the Trump protestors are violent, it doesn’t mean anyone can see it. What if Facebook censors that video?

On the other hand, if you post a video of a Trump supporter being violent it can instantly go viral because Facebook made sure it appeared on everyone’s newsfeed.

Now think about how that skews the public’s perception. They see hundreds and thousands of people share a video of a violent Trump supporter but they don’t see any violence from the other side.

The public’s perception of the Trump rally is that the supporters caused all the violence. Half of the story has been intentionally censored.

That is the problem. So many people scroll through Facebook to get news and form opinions that unless the information is shared evenly, it gives an incredible advantage to the people at Facebook and the movements and politicians they support.

What does Facebook say about all of this? They are denying it.

What do you think? Let us know in the comments below.

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Being that it is an election year, it’s not uncommon to start seeing smear campaign ads and hear campaigners talking smack. It’s become more and more prolific however, through social media, that citizens take part in the spreading of falsehoods and engage in tactics to make presidential hopefuls look stupid, ignorant, or downright crazy.

Carly Fiorina has been the unintentional face of one of these smear campaigns. The Facebook group, “Stop the World, the Teabaggers Want Off”, is fiercely attacking Fiorina in a way that is less than overt.

Misattributed quotes are usually reserved for celebrities and dead presidents and are usually on accident. But the Facebook group is trying hard to make it look like Fiorina said things she very much did not.

One such quote that has been circulating and thanks to sharing buttons has become so far removed from the group’s farcical page has Fiorina “saying” some pretty damaging things when it comes to female voters:

“It’s my understanding that close to half of reported rapes were just a girl regretting something she did as a result of being drunk or high. The idea of a rape culture is utter feminist non-sense.”

While, if she had said that it would be up to her to defend it, it isn’t exactly something that certain voters will take lightly.

Ben Carson is of course the top of their list at the moment. If you see these, remind people that this is leftist BS. It’s not real, just like a lot of the things that Hillary claims and 100% of what Bernie Sanders is promising.

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Facebook has banned articles that analyze federal job statistics to show the negative economic impact of illegal immigration.

The Center for Immigration Studies, a think tank that specializes in research about illegal immigration, reported that four of their articles had been banned from the dominant social media site.

A user trying to post the article would receive the message, “Warning: This Message Contains Blocked Content: Your message couldn’t be sent because it includes content that other people on Facebook have reported as abusive.”

However, there’s nothing “abusive” about the articles in question. Far from being knee-jerk, baseless criticism of illegal immigration, these articles rely heavily on federal data, like the U.S. Census.

Steve Camarota, the author of the articles and the director of research for the Center for Immigration Studies, slammed Facebook’s censorship in a blog post:

“The poor job market is one of the most important issues confronting the country. It is extremely troubling that Facebook would block studies that simply report government data on how immigrants and natives are faring in the U.S. job market. These reports have received a good deal of attention from various media outlets and have been discussed by members of Congress.”

He added: “It is absurd to suggest they are ‘abusive.'”

Facebook has, in the past few years, become one of the biggest news sites on the planet–and it’s dominance is driven by people sharing news articles on their Facebook feed. If the company were to censor certain political beliefs–like an anti-immigration stance–it could have potential massive repercussions on the nation at large.

Facebook’s billionaire founder and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, is a strong advocate of increased immigration.

At the time of writing, Facebook is “checking into the issue.”

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An Atlanta, Georgia woman is under arrest in connection with a post she allegedly placed on Facebook urging blacks to shoot white police officers across the country.

According to police, Ebony Monique Dickens of East Point, Georgia used the fake name of “Tiffany Milan” to incite violence against police in Facebook post telling followers:

“All Black ppl (people) should rise up and shoot at every white cop in the nation starting NOW,” in the post made on Monday. “I condone black on white killings. Hell they condone crimes against us.”

CNN affiliate WSB reported that Dickens removed the post a day later just before she was arrested. Dickens continued:

“I thought about shooting every white cop I see in the head until I’m either caught by the police or killed by them. Ha!!!! I think I can pull it off. Might kill at least 15 tomorrow, I’m plotting now.”

The post not only garnered the attention of local police but that of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Homeland Security as well.

“That’s 15 people that she’s talking about killing within a day or so, so whether she is serious or not that’s something that we have to take seriously,” East Point police Lt. Cliff Chandler told WSB.”

East Point police charged Dickens, 33, with dissemination of information to facilitate terroristic threats. Dickens initially defended her actions on First Amendment grounds in her Facebook post writing that:

“Freedom of speech tho. So when you can absolutely show me in the 1st amendment where it explicitly says you can’t say ‘kill all cops’, then I’ll delete my status. Other than that…. NOPE!”

East Point Magistrate Court Judge Antavious Weemes disagreed with the defendant’s legal analysis and set bail $10,000 on the condition that she freeze all of her social media accounts.

Dickens’s public defender, Tracey Moran, said her client had been fired from her job and that she “was simply venting. . . it was a horrible mistake”…”The chance of her doing this again is highly improbable.”

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They say all press is good press–unless you’re Hillary Clinton this week.

According to data provided by Facebook, likely Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton is getting a lot of attention on social media–but it’s getting increasingly negative, as more information about her email scandal continues to hit the news.

By analyzing specific keywords and symbols, Facebook has seen a steady drop in positive posts–down from 57% in January to 46% now, with a majority of new posts about Hillary Clinton being negative.

This number is reflected in tanking favorability polls. Hillary Clinton’s favorability has dropped from a peak of over 60% back in 2010, at the height of her tenure as Secretary of State.

It’s now fallen below 50%, with a pronounced downward trend in recent weeks. Worse, she might not have hit bottom yet, as criticism and scandals continue to mount.

Over the last week, Hillary Clinton has been dogged by claims that she exclusively used a personal email address, housed on a personal server, during her term as Secretary of State. Doing so would protect her emails from scrutiny under the Freedom of Information Act requests, but open up possible cyber-security issues.

Hillary has complied partially with a request from the State Department to turn over her emails–but, despite turning over more than 55,000 pages of documents, these records are incomplete. Worse, they were selected by Hillary’s aides and advisors, not an impartial third party, which means critical data about issues like Benghazi could be intentionally missing.

According to multiple people close to the Clintons, Hillary–who has kept mostly quiet about her emails during the last week–will call a press conference this week to address the scandal.

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