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Trump's plans to vet visa applicants using social media are flawed, a watchdog says

Trump's plans to vet visa applicants using social media are flawed, a watchdog says

The Trump administration plans to vastly expand searches of the social media accounts of visa applicants to look for signs of radicalization, but pilot programs failed to measure the effectiveness of such efforts, according to a watchdog report released Friday.

Tests by the Department of Homeland Security, begun during the Obama administration, did not track whether officers successfully linked accounts to applicants or determine whether posts should be grounds for blocking admission to the United States, the agency’s inspector general found.

“These pilots, on which DHS plans to base...

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