The secret "Marines United" Facebook group was first uncovered by The War Horse, a nonprofit news organization run by investigative journalist and military veteran Thomas Brennan.
In an article published Saturday by the Center for Investigative Reporting's , Brennan noted that since the end of January, photos of more than two dozen women—many on active duty—with their names, location, and military rank were shared on the page.
In at least one incident, comments on a photo advocated for a woman to be sexually assaulted.
The scandal "underscores ongoing problems of sexual harassment within military ranks and could hurt recruitment of women," Brennan writes.
"Your listing is not approved, as it violates the guidance on advertising to Facebook because shows a sexually explicit picture that overly focuses on the body or body parts without the need," Facebook said, according to a screenshot posted by Barbari on her page.
"The use of images or video of nude bodies or plunging necklines is not allowed, even if the use is for artistic or educational reasons." Barbari was shocked by Facebook's response, writing on her page that "it's unbelievable" the social media giant would take down the image.
A study by Zick Rubin, former associate professor at Harvard University, US, found that lovers spent 75% of their time looking at each other; other people spent around 30-60% of their time doing the same.