US Customs and Border Protection proposal would see Facebook, Twitter and other social media accounts requested on landing and visa forms
The US government is proposing making social media accounts part of the visa screening process for entry into the country.
US Customs and Border Protection’s proposed change would add a line on both the online and paper forms of the visa application form that visitors to the US must fill out if they do not have a visa and are planning on staying for up to 90 days.
The following question would be added to both the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (Esta) and I-94W forms: “Please enter information associated with your online presence—Provider/Platform—Social media identifier.”
The information will be optional, for now, but the proposed change published by the US Federal Register states that “collecting social media data will enhance the existing investigative process and provide Department of Homeland Security (DHS) greater clarity and visibility to possible nefarious activity and connections by providing an additional tool set which analysts and investigators may use to better analyze and investigate the case.”
The proposal is currently under consultation, with US government taking comments until 22 August.
The change forms part of the plan by the US DHS to scrutinise social media activity of visa applicants and those wishing to enter the country, following the San Bernardino killings in California, in which social media profiles formed part of the investigations along with an iPhone 5C.
Current DHS pilot programmes are being kept under wraps but are said to scan a limited amount of social media posts.
The pilot programmes currently used by DHS do not sweep up all social media posts, though government officials have kept details of the programmes closely held, as they do not want to reveal the precise process they use to try and identify potential threats.
It’s unclear if or how the DHS would verify information written on a form before hitting border control, leaving the possibility of false information being put down, and while the information may be optional, it will likely be difficult to discern what is and isn’t required on the form.
The US government approves around 10m visa applications a year and had 77.5 million foreign visitors in 2015. Collecting social media accounts for all visitors could produce one of the largest government-controlled databases of its kind almost overnight.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has come under fire for announcing his proposal to “close up” parts of the Internet to fight terrorism. While Trump’s comments have received scrutiny, Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton’s similar plan has not received the same amount of media attention.
In a recent talk at the Brookings Institution, Clinton said, “We’re going to have to have more support from our friends in the technology world to deny online space. Just as we have to destroy their would-be caliphate, we have to deny them online space and this is complicated.”
Like Trump, Clinton also shrugged off freedom of speech objections.
“You’re going to hear all of the usual complaints, you know, freedom of speech, etc. But if we truly are in a war against terrorism, and we are truly looking for ways to shut off their funding, shut off the flow of foreign fighters, then we’ve got to shut off their means of communicating.”
Clinton reportedly said, “Our security professionals need to more effectively track and analyze ISIS’ social media posts and map jihadist networks. We have to stop jihadists from radicalizing new recruits in person and through social media, chat rooms and what is called the ‘dark web.’ To do that, we need stronger relationships between Washington, Silicon Valley, and all of our great tech companies.”
The accusation that Bilderberg wants to censor free speech should be surprising to anyone, considering their abusive treatment of journalists covering their event. Implementation of such a law globally would have a chilling effect on peaceful dissent as well as give social media owners such as Facebook and Twitter a way to permanently ban users who break their terms of service agreements.
With a recent discussion where tech giants said they were going to tackle online hate speech in 24 hours it should scare the hell out of everyone. Freedom of speech is on life support – and a law allowing the government to know everything you purchase online, every website you visit would further create an Orwellian dystopia in society.
A tax on oil at the well-head, a supplementary charge for international financial transactions, and a green tax on all air and sea travel will be sold to the public under the disguise of addressing environmental concerns and helping people in third world countries. What everyone is missing though, is that a global tax would need a global government to operate it. Enter the friendly folks at the United Nations.
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