Feds Say Film Orgs Can't Sue Over Social Media Visa Policy

By Sarah Martinson (April 16, 2020, 6:53 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Department of State has urged a D.C. federal court to toss film organizations' lawsuit challenging the government's policy of collecting immigrants' social media info on visa applications, saying that the groups can't sue over a policy that doesn't affect them.

The State Department said on Wednesday that Doc Society Inc. and the International Documentary Association don't have grounds to sue over the department's social media policy when the rule doesn't inhibit the organizations from achieving their missions or require them to divert funds from their current operations.

The theory that non-U.S. members who plan to apply for visas will...

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