Nearly all applicants for US visas will have to submit their social media details, including their handle names and five years’ worth of email addresses and phone numbers under newly adopted rules.
The State Department regulations says visitors will have to submit all these information except some diplomats and officials.
BBC reports that officials who spoke to The Hill TV said that any applicants who lies about their social media activities could face “serious immigration consequences.”
“This is a critical step forward in establishing enhanced vetting of foreign nationals seeking entry into the United States.
“As we’ve seen around the world in recent years, social media can be a major forum for terrorist sentiment and activity.
“This will be a vital tool to screen out terrorists, public safety threats, and other dangerous individuals from gaining immigration benefits and setting foot on U.S. soil,” the official reportedly told Hill TV.
The policy stems from a March 2017 executive order issued by President Donald Trump titled “Protecting The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States” and the State Department published its intent to implement the policy in March 2018.