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Warning! Be careful who you friend on Facebook

Warning! Be careful who you friend on Facebook
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In the wake of the horrific terrorist attacks in Orlando and San Bernardino, the Department of Homeland Security could soon be requiring a social media profile from anyone wanting to enter the United States.

Doing so would provide officials with easier access to information they need to find "possible nefarious activity and connections." Here's the official statement:

Collecting social media data will enhance the existing investigative process and provide DHS greater clarity and visibility to possible nefarious activity and connections by providing an additional tool set which analysts and investigators may use to better analyze and investigate the case.

In the San Bernardino case for example, the attackers had posted "pro-jihadist" messages on social media before the duo murdered 14 people and seriously injured 22.

With social media profiles becoming part of the visa waiver program applications, the goal is to eliminate the possibility of another attack, when the signs are right there on social media for everyone to see.

The actual application itself will just consist of one extra section, reading: "Please enter information associated with your online presence - Provider/Platform - Social media identifier." This section will also be optional to fill out.

That doesn't seem too bad - these profiles can be accessed with a simple search, but immigration rights advocates claim the proposal could bring discrimination to refugees who post legitimate concerns about U.S. foreign policy.

It also could unfairly associate these refugees with terrorist sympathizers, making them automatically guilty by association.

Congress has yet to make a decision on the proposal, but it's important to note that both Republicans and Democrats support it.

Where do you sit on the issue? If you want your voice heard, you can comment on the proposal until August 22.

If you want to read the full proposal for yourself, click here.

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