US visa applicants will be asked to provide information about their social media accounts

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The United States began collecting social media records from people who wanted to get a visa to enter the United States.

The Department of Home Affairs makes a regulatory proposal that will require visa applicants to provide information about their Facebook and Twitter accounts.


They should also notify all the social media identities they have used in the past five years. The BBC estimates, this proposal will affect about 14.7 million people.

Information from such social media will be used to identify and determine whether a person will be granted a visa, either a visa for an immigrant or non-immigrant.

Not only social media information, visa applicants will also be asked to provide their phone number, email address and travel record within five years. They will be asked to tell whether they have been deported or whether their families have participated in terrorist activities.


This proposal will not affect people from countries that may enter the United States without a visa, such as the UK, Canada, France and Germany. However, citizens from countries like India, China and Mexico will be compromised this regulatory proposal if they want to enter the US, whether for work or for a vacation.

Currently, the US government only requests a person's social media information if "the information is needed to confirm the identity or to conduct more rigorous national testing", according to a law passed in May.

The proposal that makes it difficult for someone to enter the US comes after US President Donald Trump promised to implement "extreme testing" of foreigners seeking entry into the United States. The aim is to counter terrorism.
 

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