Skip to comments.Trump Administration Sued Over Social Media Screening for Visa Applicants
Posted on 12/06/2019 5:24:44 AM PST by karpov
WASHINGTON A pair of documentary film organizations sued the Trump administration on Thursday over its requirement that foreigners disclose their social media accounts including pseudonymous ones when they apply for visas.
The lawsuit, which raises novel issues about privacy and surveillance in the social-media era, challenged a rule the State Department put into effect this year. The requirement grew out of President Trumps campaign promise of extreme vetting and his early executive orders that barred travel into the United States from several Muslim-majority nations.
In particular, the lawsuit argues, forcing people from authoritarian countries to disclose the pseudonyms they use to discuss politically sensitive matters could endanger them by creating a risk that the information gets back to their own governments. As a result, it said, they will be less likely either to express themselves on social media or to apply for visas.
Many people use pseudonyms on social media so that they can speak anonymously about sensitive or controversial issues, and so that they can shield themselves or their families or associates from possible reprisals by state or private actors, the plaintiffs wrote. The registration requirement effectively conditions their eligibility for U.S. visas on their readiness to surrender their online anonymity.
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The foreign visitors always have the option of not visiting the US.
If employers can screen applicants based on social media posts, and political careers (of conservatives anyway) can be ruined by them, why should potential immigrants be exempt from the same scrutiny?
We should also find out if they are socialist or communist as well.
What utter bull-shiite.
Prospective immigrants should be given a background check that would make a proctologist’s eyes water. Anything that looks even a tiny bit wonky and the immigrant earns a trip back to where they came from.
No exceptions. We have well over our quota of human sewage already here from sh!th*le places around the globe. Why import more?
But Adam Schiff getting the phone records of a fellow congressman and a journalist is no problem at all...
What about MasterCard and American Express???
Many employers require applicants to disclose their social media accounts and they do look at the applicants postings. I believe I recently saw an article about a lib business owner that said he would NOT hire any Republican or Conservative applicants and would use their social media accounts to check up on them.
So foreigners set the standards for US immigration laws?
FU plaintiffs. You have NO standing.
Interesting that they’re courageous enough to challenge the rules of this country but cowards when it comes to confronting the rules of their own country.
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