U.S. could start checking social media when vetting visas



U.S. officials could soon start checking social media posts while processing visa applications, The Wall Street Journal reported Monday.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security later confirmed that it is specifically reviewing policies on when authorities at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services can look at social media posts as part of the vetting process for would-be immigrants applying for certain visas.

The effort comes just weeks after Syed Farook and Tashfeen Malik killed 14 people during a shooting spree in San Bernardino, California. It later emerged that Malik had made comments on social media sites, including Facebook, voicing her support for the Islamic State. Immigration authorities reportedly failed to unearth her postings when she applied for and obtained a U.S. K-1 fiancĂ© visa. Read more…

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