US now demands social media accounts from visa applicants

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TheUnited States State Department has announced that anyone applyingfor a visainto thecountry will now haveto submit their social media handles

The documents that were filed by to Federal Register asks every individual applying to for a U.S. visa to hand over any social media handles used on certain platforms in the past five years.

This new order would also include telephone numbers and email addresses used during that same time period. 

“National security is our top priority when adjudicating visa applications, and every prospective traveler and immigrant to the United States undergoes extensive security screening,” the department said via an initial proposal in 2018.

“We are constantly working to find mechanisms to improve our screening processes to protect U.S. citizens, while supporting legitimate travel to the United States.”



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