U.S. border officials are denying entry to travelers based on social media content

U.S. border officials are denying entry to travelers based on social media content. Inbound travelers to the U.S. are increasingly being denied entry by border officials because of messages, images, and video from Facebook, Twitter, and WhatsApp on their devices sent by other people. A recent case involved a Palestinian national living in Lebanon and Harvard freshman, Ismail Ajjawi, who was denied entry after being questioned for his religion and religious practices. The Boston Logan International Airport immigration officers searched his phone and computer, and took issue with his friends’ social media activity. Ajjawi’s visa was cancelled and he was deported - for the views expressed by others. The legal and policy director at the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee said device searches and subsequent denial of entry have become the “new normal” over the past year. Tech Crunch