The Trump administration wants all U.S. visa applicants to furnish five years of their social media history, usernames, email addresses and phone numbers, for vetting visitors and immigrants, said media reports.
ACCORDING TO THE NEW STATE LAW THE new visa forms affected will be 710,000 and also 14 million non visa immigrants.Also to check for the first hand details they have also asked the visa applicants to provide social media applicants to provide the same.
The state department estimates the new proposal would affect approximately 710,000 people applying for immigrant visas and almost 14 million people applying for nonimmigrant visas to enter the country on business or for education purposes.
It's the latest in an ongoing effort to collect more information on United States visitors' social media activities as they enter the country, spurred by Congress in the wake of the San Bernardino shooting.
"The use of social media is a wrench in their tool box".
During his campaign, then presidential candidate Donald Trump promised "extreme vetting" of people seeking to enter the United States, and last March, the State Department directed consular officers around the world to step up scrutiny of visa applicants. However, citizens from non-exempt countries like India, China and Mexico could be embroiled if they visit the U.S. for work or a holiday.
In October 2017, Trump said in the wake of a terror attack in NY in which eight people were mowed down by a truck driven by an Uzbek national that he had asked the Homeland Security Department to further step up an existent "extreme vetting programme".
The State Department reportedly wants to include social media information as part of the US visa application requirements.
Don Crocetti, a former senior fraud investigator for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, said an individual's refusal to turn over their social media accounts couldn't alone be used to deny approval.
The department said it intends not to routinely ask most diplomatic and official visa applicants for the additional information.
The social media platforms covered in the proposal include US-based entities such as Instagram, LinkedIn, Reddit and YouTube.