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US demands social media handles for visa applicants

Visa applicants to the United States of America must submit their social media handles to stand a chance.

The applicants, according to the United States State Department, must also submit five years’ worth of email addresses and phone numbers.

The measures, BBC reported, are part of strategies to ensure national security in the US.

National security is our top priority when adjudicating visa applications, and every prospective traveler and immigrant to the United States undergoes extensive security screening,” the department said via an initial proposal in 2018.

“We are constantly working to find mechanisms to improve our screening processes to protect U.S. citizens, while supporting legitimate travel to the United States.”

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