It’s True, Your Tweet May Deny You US Visa
Social media has always been a hot bed of debates and discussions on how liberal one should be on such social platforms while expressing their views. While expressing views is a good thing, it seems you should also be a little careful on what you say, especially if you want a visa to the US.
US president Barack Obama in his speech during year end press conference admitted that US immigration office keeps a close eye on tweets and Facebook posts and they often check what the visa applicants are saying on Twitter and Facebook before making up their mind on whether to issue the visa or not.
The US president termed the social media monitoring a crucial part of vetting process. “Our law enforcement and intelligence professionals are constantly monitoring public posts, and that’s part of the visa review process,” said Obama. However, he admitted that the government had no access to private chats, emails and text platforms.
“We’re engaging with the high tech community to find out how we can, in an appropriate way, do a better job, if we have a lead, to be able to track a suspected terrorist,” said Obama.
Probably targeting the tech bigwigs like Apple and Google who seem to be campaigning against government stance on privacy, Obama urged the intelligence and tech community to help government access data of those who it suspects of being a terrorist.
In the light of the Edward Snowden’s 2013 biggest revelations, Obama also made a point to mention how important it is for the government not to act like a big brother and affect the privacy of the user. “We were having a major debate about whether the government was becoming too much like Big Brother. Overall I think we’ve struck the right balance in protecting civil liberties and making sure US citizens’ privacies are preserved,” he said.
In India, government agencies monitoring social media has long been a topic of debate. While the advocates of this idea say it will help decrease the trolls people who often threaten and abuse others on social media and create nuisance on social media, some other believes that it affects the privacy of users.