The Trump government today implemented a new policy that requires most visa applicants to provide information about their social media accounts
The hill first reported the news. A spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed The edge that the new forms that require bills have been taken into use today.
The spokesman said the policy will require both temporary and permanent travelers to state their bills when sending an application to the Foreign Ministry. According to The hill, a drop-down menu requires that applicants name the accounts or indicate that they are not using them. Officials then use a screening system against the information provided.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said last year that, despite criticism, it would continue with the proposal. According to the plan, applicants must provide the United States with a list of social media accounts they have used in the last five years. The hill reports that the system will start with only a few "large" social media services, but that it can be expanded later.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is already collecting information about applicants, such as previous addresses and contact information. But the new policy, part of the Trump government's plan for & # 39; extreme screening & # 39; of visitors to the United States, was confronted with criticism of privacy and civil rights, with the American Civil Liberties Union description of the plan if & # 39; ineffective and deeply problematic & # 39 ;.