Sexual Facebook post spurs UN Command to review its social media policies
Stars and Stripes May 1, 2023
CAMP HUMPHREYS, South Korea — The U.N. Command is reviewing its social media policies after a short, sexually suggestive post was published recently on the organization's official Facebook page.
The post — “Make love to me …” — appeared around midnight March 24. By mid-morning the message had disappeared.
The post “was made unrelated to the mission and goals of our command,” Army Col. Isaac Taylor, who also serves as spokesman for U.S. Forces Korea, said in a statement emailed to Stars and Stripes on Wednesday.
"We are reviewing and updating our current practices and security protocols to ensure it does not happen again,” he wrote.
Taylor’s email did not answer questions about who was responsible for the post and whether any disciplinary actions were taken. Speaking by phone Monday, he said the investigation into the incident is ongoing.
The U.N. Command’s Facebook account has around 13,000 followers and posts news and information about its activities and history.
“To the followers of the Facebook page, we thank you for choosing us as your trusted source for content related to the amazing work and history of the [command’s] member states here on the Korean Peninsula,” Taylor’s statement added.
The message was posted on Facebook as U.S. and South Korean troops carried out the large-scale Ssangyong maritime exercise in South Korea between March 20 and April 3. The allies also conducted large, joint training that included live-fire artillery drills and tabletop simulations throughout March.
The multinational U.N. Command was formed roughly a month after North Korean forces invaded the South on June 25, 1950. Sixteen countries, including the United States, United Kingdom, Canada and Australia, supplied military aid for the war effort. Denmark, India, Italy, Norway and Sweden sent medical aid.
The Korean War came to a standstill in 1953 after an armistice was signed between the U.N. Command, North Korea and China on July 27.
The U.N. Command is still responsible for enforcing the armistice and responding to conflict on the Korean Peninsula. The command is led by Army Gen. Paul LaCamera, who is also required to lead U.S. Forces Korea and the Combined Forces Command.
U.N. Command is headquartered in Camp Humphreys, the largest U.S. military base overseas, roughly 40 miles south of Seoul.