From the article by Nick Whigham at news.com.au

Could your social media activity get you banned from entering the United States?

THOSE travelling to the United States may soon be asked to hand over their Facebook and Twitter usernames on arrival in order to help officials detect “possible nefarious activity and connections.”

The country’s Department of Homeland Security (DHS) which oversees immigration procedures has submitted a proposal to include a request for the social media information of foreign nationals travelling on a visa waiver program.

The proposed section will read: “Please enter information associated with your online presence — Provider/Platform — Social media identifier.”

US officials are reportedly after people’s social media profiles but not their passwords, according to information posted to the Federal Register.

“Collecting social media data will enhance the existing investigative process and provide 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 analyse and investigate the case,” the department said

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