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The US Customs and Border Protection has started demanding that foreign travelers hand over Facebook, Twitter, and other social media account information upon entering the country, according to a report from Politico. The new policy follows a proposal laid out back in June and applies only to those travelers who enter the US temporarily without a visa through the Electronic System for Travel Authorization, or ESTA, process. The goal, the government says, is to “identify potential threats,” a spokesperson tells Politico.
The request functions as a prompt on the online Electronic System for Travel Authorization, or Esta, a visa waiver application that many visitors are required to submit before travelling to the US. The choices include platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube, and additional space for applicants to input their account names on those sites.
US border control could start asking for your social media accounts
The Customs and Border Protection, which began the program last week, has previously said it wouldn’t prohibit entry to foreigners who didn’t provide their social media account information.
The government has faced a barrage of criticism since it first floated the idea last summer. Privacy rights activists say there are few guidelines about how the information, once obtained, is used or shared with other agencies.
Published December 15, 2015 FoxNews.com Facebook Twitter Email Print Now Playing Could attack have been prevented by going on Facebook? San Bernardino terrorist Tashfeen Malik sent at least two private Facebook messages to a group of friends in Pakistan months before she arrived in the U.S., pledging her support for Islamic jihad and expressing hope she could someday join the fight against the West, according to a published report.
The Los Angeles Times, citing two federal law enforcement officials, reported that one of the messages was sent in 2012 and the other in 2014. The paper's report added that the messages were written in Urdu, Pakistan's official language, and sent only to "a small group of her friends."
originally posted by: NightSkyeB4Dawn
Does ATS count.?
I don't have Facebook anymore. I don' t use Twitter, or any of the the others. So it is just ATS and my email.
So either I am out of luck or they are. But I would be happy to know in advance so I could save my hard earned digital dollars.
originally posted by: Tempter
Not familiar with this system at all, the Electronic Entry thing. Is there a chance those applying areally already identified and this is a trap, so to speak?
I don't have a problem with this effort at all, except that it'd be too easy to lie about.
originally posted by: Aazadan
a reply to: dreamingawake
I figured out a couple years ago that it's just good practice to have social media accounts. If you don't have them, you should create them even if you don't use them. That way no one else can take your name, because at some point it's
originally posted by: AMPTAH
People will create fake Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn accounts, and populate it with "favorable info", and only hand over that to the authorities. Since the user is in full control of this info, that's inevitable.
originally posted by: crazyewok
Travel to the USA for a non citizen is a privilege not a right.
So the USA can impose what it wants!