The United States Department of Homeland Security plans to collect the social media information of all immigrants, including green card holders and naturalized citizens, beginning on October 18, 2017.
Nigerian Information Minister Lai Mohammed announces that the government is indefinitely suspending Twitter's operations in the country, saying that the social media service is being used for "activities that are capable of undermining Nigeria’s corporate existence". The move comes two days after President Muhammadu Buhari was temporarily suspended from Twitter for posting an inflammatory tweet directed at groups believed to be responsible for attacking government buildings in recent weeks.
Citizens of Burundi head to the polls to elect their president and the members of the National Assembly. Following a campaign marred by violence, the election takes place amidst the COVID-19 pandemic and a social media blackout. Regional and international election observers have been blocked from monitoring the election, raising doubts about its fairness.
The Trump administration through the United States Department of State publishes a 60-day notice of request for public comment, proposing to collect social media identities from nearly everyone who seeks entry into the United States.
The Trump administration will, in 18 months, end the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for immigrants from El Salvador living in the U.S. under the TPS issued after a series of devastating earthquakes in 2001. The Department of Homeland Security estimates about 200,000 Salvadorans will be impacted.
The United States Department of Homeland Security announces that it will end temporary protected status for thousands of Nicaraguan migrants while decisions await for thousands more from El Salvador, Haiti and Honduras.
Following Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's denunciation of Twitter as a "menace to society", police arrest 25 people on charges relating to the use of social media to speak ill of the government.