Officials believe most of the sexual misconduct cases began on Facebook and Twitter, according to a report issued by the Air Force Association.
Maj. Gen. Len Patrick, who is responsible for Air Force basic miliary training, told reporters Thursday that in the majority of some 20 cases being investigated to date, "Social media played a large role."
With the rule change, MTIs will no longer have access to MTI graduates' cell phones.
"They aren't even allowed to look at the cell phone of the graduate," Patrick explained, according to AFA. "They were in the past and some times exchanged social media contact information."
The general added that most of the 20 cases were consensual, yet unprofessional. One MTI, Staff Sgt. Luis Walker, was an exception. The now airman basic was sentenced to 20 years in prison after his conviction on 28 counts of sexual misconduct including rape.