The U.S. Government Proposes Screening Facebook and Twitter Accounts of Non Citizen Travelers

The rise of social media is no doubt bringing the world closer but many believe it's also making easy for the terrorist to recruit and spread messages and influence others using the platforms.

The U.S government is also planning to snoop around the Facebook profiles of non-citizens travelers entering country, using it as a means to control terrorism.

Non-citizens who are traveling to the U.S. on a visa waiver might be required to answer questions by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP), regarding their social media profiles and online presence. However, that will not include giving out their account passwords.

Already, CBP  screens non-citizen travelers with in-person interviews and also runs checks on database the additional information about the social media accounts is particularly aimed at tracking activity which could pose threats to "national security." Last week, a proposal was submitted by CBP which was published in the Federal Register which said, "Collecting social media data will enhance the existing investigative process and provide DHS greater clarity and visibility to possible nefarious activity."

In the two most recent events of mass shootings which established connections and support to terrorist groups, one in San Bernardino and in Orlando, Florida, the killers were skilled at using social media. The California attackers posted messages on their social media profiles showing their support to Islamic State and the Orlando shooter pledged support to ISIS on Facebook.