Harvard student deported based on friends' social media posts

  • 07 Sep - 13 Sep, 2019
  • Mag The Weekly
  • Mag Files

It’s true, social media does have a huge impact on our lives. U.S. officials have deported new Harvard student Ismail Ajjawi not based on his own posts, but those on his friends list. While he said he avoided politics in his own posts, some of his contacts reportedly expressed "points of view that oppose the U.S." It didn't matter that he didn't interact with them – Customs and Border Protection promptly cancelled his visa while he was still in the airport for questioning. Ajjawi added that an officer asked him to unlock his laptop and phone for searches, and left with them for five hours before raising questions about the teen's social media friends. He's retaining a lawyer in hopes of reversing the visa decision.