[ti:US Now Requiring Visa Applicants to Provide Social Media Details] [by:蜗蜗牛小游戏网 www.liandama.cn] [00:00.00]更多听力请访问www.liandama.cn [00:00.04]The United States is now requiring nearly all visa seekers [00:06.36]to provide personal details about their social media activities. [00:13.27]In addition, those requesting U.S. visas will be asked [00:19.04]to give past email addresses and phone numbers. [00:24.52]The new requirements are expected to affect [00:27.70]about 15 million foreigners who seek U.S. visas each year, [00:34.28]the Associated Press reported. [00:39.00]The Trump administration first proposed the changes in March 2018. [00:46.80]The policy is part of the U.S. government's expanded [00:51.12]"extreme vetting" process for all immigrants and visitors. [00:57.92]The only applicants not covered under the new rules [01:02.12]are those seeking diplomatic or official visas. [01:07.04]The U.S. State Department confirmed to the AP last week [01:12.92]that it had changed its immigrant and nonimmigrant visa forms [01:18.20]to require the additional information. [01:22.64]The forms seek five years' worth of social media user names, [01:28.64]telephone numbers, international travel activities and deportation history. [01:36.36]Visa seekers are also asked whether any family members [01:41.00]have been involved in terrorist activities. [01:45.92]The State Department said in a statement the new requirements [01:50.04]are aimed at improving the vetting process to protect national security. [01:57.72]A department official told the online publication The Hill [02:02.36]that social media services have been used in recent years [02:07.00]as a tool to fuel "terrorist sentiment and activity." [02:13.32]The official said the new requirements can be a valuable tool [02:17.68]"to screen out terrorists, public safety threats, and other dangerous individuals [02:24.24]from gaining immigration benefits and setting foot on U.S. soil." [02:30.76]In the past, social media, email and phone number histories [02:36.00]had only been sought from people who had been identified for further examination. [02:42.80]This group of an estimated 65,000 visa seekers [02:47.60]included people who had traveled to areas controlled by groups listed as terrorist. [02:56.68]Visa seekers will be asked to provide details about U.S.-based social media services [03:03.48]like Facebook, Google+, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube. [03:11.76]In addition, they will be asked to provide details about involvement [03:16.07]in major international internet services like China's Douban, Tencent QQ and Sina Weibo. [03:27.32]Visa seekers can choose to say they have no social media accounts. [03:33.12]However, the State Department has warned that lying about social media activities [03:38.96]would have serious immigration results for visa seekers, The Hill reported. [03:46.84]The American Civil Liberties Union, or ACLU, and several privacy rights groups [03:53.84]voiced opposition to the new requirements when they were first proposed last year. [04:00.60]At the time, the ACLU warned [04:03.56]the move would have a "chilling" effect on freedom of speech. " [04:09.72]People will now have to wonder if what they say online will be misconstrued [04:15.36]or misunderstood by a government official," said Hina Shamsi, [04:21.16]director of the ACLU's National Security Project. [04:26.56]"There is also no evidence that such social media monitoring [04:31.28]is effective or fair," he added. [04:35.37]I'm Bryan Lynn. [04:38.17]更多听力请访问www.liandama.cn