The U.S. Government Is Asking Foreign Travelers for Social Media Accounts

For foreign travelers planning on coming to the United States any time soon, you may be asked for your social media accounts before entering. This news comes as part of the U.S. Visa Waiver Program which allows citizens from 38 select countries to visit the states for 90 days without a visa; however with a catch. The social media info is requested as an “optional” field.

The form reads, “Please enter information associated with your online presence,” with a drop-down box that allows the applicant to select various providers/platforms including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Usernames are then entered into the box to the right. The program was first proposed by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in June, and they stated that the goal is to potentially identify terrorist threats, “collecting social media data will enhance the existing investigative process and provide DHS greater clarity and visibility to possible nefarious activity and connections.” Interesting moves made, let us know your thoughts in the comments below and stay tuned for more coming soon!

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