Border Protections: Don’t Surveil Our Social Media Use

U.S. Customs and Border Protections


Imagine your hopes of visiting the U.S. going down the drain when you’re blocked at the border for a Facebook post critical of police violence, or for criticizing a politician on Twitter. It sounds absurd, but a new U.S. Customs and Border Protection proposal could do just that.

The proposal would ask visa waiver applicants for “social media identifiers” before they are granted entry to the U.S. Meaning your social media presence—everything from Instagram selfies to Facebook groups you’re a part of—could impact your ability to enter the country.  

Our Facebook feeds are a place to share personal details with family and friends, not to be screened by government agencies. We shouldn’t have to self-censor our social media activity for fear we’ll be locked out at the border.

Fight back against U.S. Customs and Border Protections’ proposal to monitor our social media presence. We won’t be #BorderPaTROLLED!

The proposed change will apply to those entering the U.S. through the visa waiver program, which allows visitors from designated countries to remain in the U.S. up to 90 days without a visa.  

Last year, that was 18.2 million people hailing from designated countries like Japan, South Korea, Singapore, and Taiwan. For immigrant communities, that means our friends and families will be most impacted by Border Protections’ inappropriate social media surveillance.  

Worst of all, there’s no real transparency about how the information gathered will be used. It could be saved forever, or shared with other agencies. It’s a dangerous precedent with no accountability to the people. Will you join us and our partners at the Center for Media Justice to raise our voices in support of our right to use social media without fear?

Make sure U.S. Customs and Border Protections hears us loud and clear: don’t surveil our social media pages!

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We oppose U.S. Customs and Border Protections' proposal to request "social media identifiers" on visa waver applications.