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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security Is Now Collecting Social Media Information From Immigrants

Starting October 18, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is now requiring social media information from immigrants, permanent residents and naturalized citizens.

Continuing its wanton attack on immigrant populations under the woeful leadership of Donald Trump, U.S. Department Homeland Security (DHS) will now require all immigrants entering the U.S. to share their social media information.


Beginning October 18, the department will collect information such as 'social media handles, aliases, associated identifiable information, and search results" from immigrants as well as permanent residents and naturalized citizens, reports The Verge.

The new policy comes as an amendment to the Privacy Act of 1974 which addressed immigration record keeping. The new act will also include the gathering of "publicly available information obtained from the internet, public records, public institutions, interviewees, commercial data providers and information obtained and disclosed pursuant to information sharing agreements."

Engadget reports that the policy will effect nearly 43 million foreign-born people in the U.S., which means that you or someone you know will be cyber-stalked, scrutinized and potentially silenced by the American government solely based on your place of birth. If it sounds like discrimination to you, it's because it is.

These are the types of policies which become normalized under our current sham of a government.

This social media crackdown on immigrants, which is being called the "Modified Priacy Act System of Records," comes into effect following Trump's removal of DACA last month. An Obama-era policy which helped protect the legal status of undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children.

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Pregnant Tanzanian Girls Now Have Hope Of An Education

In the past, Tanzania's pregnant girls of school-going age were banned from accessing an education. However, things are about to change!

If a young girl of school-going age happened to fall pregnant in Tanzania, it usually spelled the end of her schooling career — and the death of any prospects she may have had for a bright future. In Tanzania currently, an estimated 5 500 girls are forced to leave school each year due to pregnancy, according to the World Bank.

The Tanzanian government has announced a new programme aimed at addressing the plight of young girls who have been impacted by this discriminatory ban. Tanzania's Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology Leonard Akwilapo said young girls will now be offered an opportunity to further their schooling at alternative colleges.

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Nigerian Government Barred From Prosecuting Twitter Users

The Court of Justice of the Economic Community of West African States has ordered the Nigerian government to refrain from prosecuting Twitter users, while it considers the case brought to it by civil society organisations and journalists.

Activists and journalists took the Nigerian government to court to challenge the recent Twitter ban, asking "the court to declare the indefinite suspension of Twitter a continuous violation of their human rights under the international law." As it stands the ban threatens to criminalise the 40 million Twitter users in the country.

According to Socio-Economic Rights And Accountability Project (SERAP), a Nigerian NGO, the court ruled that no person should be "sanctioned, harassed, intimidated, arrested or prosecuted for using Twitter in Nigeria.The ruling also means that tech companies must immediately restore people's access to Twitter as a matter of human right."

"The court has listened very well to the objection by Nigeria. Any interference with Twitter is viewed as inference with human rights. This will violate human rights. Nigeria must take immediate steps to implement this order," the court ruling stated.

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Spirit Of Humanity Gives Hope To Young Boy Mauled By A Hyena

A 9-year-old Zimbabwean boy Rodwell Nkomazana has a shot at a normal life, again, after a horrific hyena attack left him with half of his face missing.

It takes a village to raise a child and sometimes that village comes from thousands of kilometers away, and consists of committed surgeons, passionate nurses and generous international donors. Nine-year-old Rodwell Nkomazana was asleep at an all-night church service when the unthinkable happened. The little boy was attacked and mauled by a hyena outside Harare, in Zimbabwe.

The medical team at Parirenyatwa Hospital in Harare, where he received his initial treatment, did all they could to save his life and stabilise him. However, due to a lack of resources and expertise, it was all they could do.

With half of his face missing, including an eye, his upper lip, his nose and part of his forehead, Rodwell was set for a life full of challenges. Not only would he have lost his childhood, but he would have probably spent most of his time in seclusion — isolated from the rest of society.

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