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as declared in Chinese visitors to the United States may be asked to disclose their social media information, based on the latest proposal put forth by the U.S. government.
Customs officials started collecting social media information from people entering the U.S. through the Visa Waiver Program last year.
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In the proposal, posted by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency, Chinese visitors would be prompted to reveal their social media handles on the Electronic Visa Update System, reports Politico.com.
ADVERTISEMENT“Please enter information associated with your online presence – Provider/Platform – Social media identifier,” reads the instruction.
as mentioned in Under the Radar Blog Archives Select Date… January, 2017 December, 2016 November, 2016 October, 2016 September, 2016 August, 2016 July, 2016 June, 2016 May, 2016 April, 2016 March, 2016 February, 2016President Donald Trump is planning to expand social media checks to cover Chinese citizens traveling to the U.S. | Getty Trump proposes including Chinese visitors in social media checksThe Trump administration is moving to expand social media checks to cover Chinese citizens traveling to the U.S.U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials are proposing to ask Chinese visitors to disclose their social media “handles” or other identifiers on common social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook.
Obviously, people looking to hide something could decline to provide their social media handles or “forget” to list one of them.
“The collection of social media identifiers will not be used to prevent travel based on an applicant’s race, ethnicity, religion, or sexual orientation,” Evanitsky said. ”
However, residents of China tend to use other social media platforms, in part because U.S. sites are often blocked by the Chinese Government.
The move to cover Chinese visitors in the social-media-focused screening comes as Trump administration officials are publicly discussing far more intrusive steps to vet foreigners seeking to enter the U.S., including asking for social media passwords.
The US wants to check Chinese visitors’ social media profiles
as mentioned in The U.S. border control is seeking to check Chinese visitors’ social media profiles.
Popular social media websites such as Facebook are blocked in China, with the majority of Chinese citizens using social media sites such as Weibo and Renren.
The U.S. had already started scanning social media accounts last year, for people entering the country through its Visa Waiver Program.
A CBP spokeswoman said that travellers could submit social media information about “any platform” that they used.
https://t.co/Txast3qCgP — Deborah Robinson (@redgypsee) February 10, 2017@scalzi you think customs would believe I don’t have social media accounts?
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