Visa holders being denied entry over someone else's messages on the phone

Sep 2, 2019 27 Comments

I am Indian and have some Pakistani and Middle Eastern friends on Facebook (people I know from grad school and previous jobs). Sometimes they post stuff on their walls that let's say typically would not sit well with the current administration and their ideologies. I don't comment on or like those posts and just ignore them.

In order to not get into trouble ('guilt by association' - read Tech Crunch article in below link) the next time I try to enter the country and the immigration officer at the airport goes through my phone, which of the following would you suggest someone in my position do?

Context: https://techcrunch.com/2019/09/02/denied-entry-united-states-whatsapp/?yptr=yahoo

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    • Roku cruella
      How do ya know they r CPA?
      Sep 3, 2019
    • RingCentral / Finance
      MyLord

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      MyLordmore
      Google fluke bro, I'm not even in finance. But I'm seeing exodus of us Indians from SV soon.
      Sep 3, 2019
  • Google ysNB35
    Burner phone won't help. CBP can ask for your social media account info and in theory could log in to your account from their own device. They might even be suspicious if they thought you carried a burner phone or your claimed not to have a FB account.
    Sep 2, 2019 5
    • Amazon jareddun
      :o
      Sep 2, 2019
    • Roku cruella
      Yep. And I am from India and don't have a name they generally find suspicious.
      Sep 2, 2019
  • New QTdN03
    Don’t associate with terrorists? That shouldn’t be too hard...
    Sep 3, 2019 2
    • Lyft hulahup
      Oh, the wilfully ignorant just proudly demonstrates his ignorance. Just another day on blind.
      Sep 3, 2019
    • New QTdN03
      I’m confused. Are you saying it is difficult to not associate with terrorists? I’m sure the FBI won’t care if you’re friends with some random dude from Pakistan—unless he’s a terrorist or terrorist sympathizer.
      Sep 3, 2019
  • Roku cruella
    Almost happened to me. Don't even have social media. And no friends from said countries. Just cuz I visited Egypt. Don't even have one of them names they screen for.
    Sep 2, 2019 0
  • Amazon jareddun
    Would making fun of trump count as "anti american"? I don't hate anything or join anti america groups but I quite often comments on those funny news articles about how trump is stupid - like today when he said he doesn't know what a category 5 hurricane is, or when I read regressive policies about lgbtq or women. Would that land me in trouble?
    Sep 2, 2019 3
    • Amazon jareddun
      :(
      Sep 2, 2019
    • Apple chuck777
      Not in the port of entry since you haven’t entered US. Citizens however can refuse, but they can’t hold them indefinitely.
      Sep 3, 2019
  • Glassdoor aklz
    lol
    Sep 2, 2019 0
  • New / Product shitz
    You can unfollow people without unfriending them
    Sep 2, 2019 2
    • Google creskoff
      OP
      But that could still get me in trouble if the officer goes to one of said friends' profile and sees things he doesn't like and decides I am guilty by association.
      Sep 2, 2019
    • New / Product shitz
      Would have to go to profile and through your friend list alphabetically. If it matters that much either uninstall the app or have multiple profiles
      Sep 2, 2019
  • Workday / Product tdf
    Factory reset your phone just before touchdown ?
    Sep 2, 2019 1
    • VMware genius1
      lol unless you want to install all the apps again in the secondary room i do not suggest this approach. it doesn’t take a genius to realize your phone was factory reset.
      Sep 2, 2019
  • New Gned33
    If you uninstall your social media apps you will be accused of hiding something if they go through your phone.

    Regardless the effort would be in vain. Customs and Border Protection is just going to look you up on Facebook from their own computer and see the vitriol against the USA that your friends post.

    Unfriend them.
    Sep 4, 2019 0
  • Intel D’s🥜
    Don’t go the burner route or “not having any social media”

    Of all the 1000’s of people that travel through a CBP officer, 90%+ probably have social media. You are an outlier to NOT have accounts. Being an outlier raises suspicion. Appear normal, appear indifferent, have the accounts. Decrease your social media presence by pruning your friends list, especially if you haven’t talked to them in some time.
    Sep 3, 2019 0

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