US social media consultation

  Stop social media vetting in the U.S.

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Please share your thoughts on this new rule in the box above. Your comments will be emailed directly to both the immigrant and non-immigrant consultations and will appear on the consultation websites.

Even short individual comments with personal arguments are much more impactful than multiple identical comments. We’ve included some notes here to help you write your comment.

Alongside making it clear that you oppose the collection of social media for visa purposes, you could also discuss:

  • Making subjective decisions about where people can live, work and travel based on their tweets and Facebook posts puts freedom of expression around the globe under serious threat.
  • The collection of social media information affects the privacy and free speech rights of the visa applicants themselves as well as those of their American contacts. 
  • This request is overly broad in its scope, and lacks any kind of definition of a social media “platform or identifier”.
  • The decision-making process for social media screening is subjective and offers no transparency on the measures used to approve or deny the visas.

 

From the U.S.? You could also mention:

  • Changes to visa requirements can impact the willingness of international travellers to choose the U.S. as their destination of choice. This can have an immense negative impact on tourism income.
  • This proposal would undoubtedly lead to a large volume of information collected and a large time burden, with great costs to the taxpayer.
  • The United States also benefits from a large amount of students and academics visiting or studying in the country. A rule like this would negatively impact the educational sector.

 

From a country that would be impacted by this rule? You could also mention:

  • If you are a student, academic or business person who would avoid travelling to the U.S. if this rule were to take effect.
  • If you would avoid choosing the U.S. as your destination for travel and tourism.

 

From an outside country not affected by this rule? You could also mention:

  • If rules like this make you less likely to visit, work in or conduct business in the U.S. for any reason
  • If you have concerns that this could push other countries could put similar rules in place.

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Footnotes and further reading:

[1] State Dept. Wants to Expand Social Media Collection to All Visa Applicants: EFF
State Department may force all US visa applicants to disclose social media accounts: TechRepublic
Hand over my social media account to get a US visa? No thank you: The Guardian
 

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