Obama: We Do Monitor Public Social Media Posts for Visa Applicants

obamaAt his year-end press conference this afternoon, President Obama addressed the issue of whether or not the government is monitoring the public social media posts of visa applicants trying to come into the United States.

The concern came about after reports that U.S. officials deliberately ignored the social media posts of visa applicants because of concerns about bad PR and complaints from civil rights organizations. Naturally, in the wake of San Bernardino, they got some heated criticism for that.

The president said today the issue has been “garbled” because, he assured, the government is “constantly monitoring public posts and that is part of the visa review process that people are investigating what individuals have said publicly and questioned about any statements that they maybe made.”

The issue, Obama said, is with private posts.

He said that no government will be able to look at all messages posted privately on social media, but they are communicating with tech companies to figure out how the government can “do a better job” trying to track suspected terrorists.

Watch above, via Fox News.

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