Groups sue Trump administration over new social media disclosure rules

Knight First Amendment InstituteTwo documentary film groups on Thursday filed a lawsuit challenging the Trump administration’s new rules adopted this year that require nearly all visitors to the United States to disclose social media user information from the last five years.

The U.S.-based groups, who are represented by the Knight First Amendment Institute, argued in the suit that the surveillance chills visa applicants from engaging in constitutionally protected speech and association, deters them from traveling to the United States, and deprives U.S. audiences opportunities to engage with filmmakers from around the world.

The rules adopted in late May require disclosure of all social media handles used over the prior five years by U.S. visa applicants, including ones under pseudonyms on 20 platforms. Twitter Inc said it supports “protecting the right of people to speak anonymously without fear of reprisals or retribution.”