Investigator’s Guide to Reddit

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The Investigator’s Guide to Social Media introduces popular social media platforms and how information shared on these platforms can benefit investigators. In this installment, we’ll be discussing why one should be investigating Reddit. What is Reddit? Reddit is currently one of the world’s largest online forums. The site’s message boards are divided into individual forums called “subreddits” where users discuss a particular theme or … Read More

Case Study: 0015

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When a national fast-food chain faced a class action lawsuit, their legal counsel turned to social media information to verify the eligibility of the lawsuit’s participants. The lawsuit was being brought by current and former employees of the restaurant chain who claimed that the employer had falsely classified employees … Read More

Investigator’s Guide to Myspace

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The Investigator’s Guide to Social Media introduces popular social media platforms and how information shared on these platforms can benefit investigators. In this installment, we’ll be discussing why one should be investigating Myspace. What is Myspace? Founded in 2003, Myspace is a social networking website which allows users to share personal profiles, blogs, photos, music, and videos. Since being the United States’ most popular website in … Read More

Investigator’s Guide to Pinterest

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The Investigator’s Guide to Social Media introduces popular social media platforms and how information shared on these platforms can benefit investigators. In this installment, we’ll be discussing why one should be investigating Pinterest. What is Pinterest? Founded in 2010, Pinterest allows users to upload, save, sort, and manage content from around the web. While Facebook and Twitter allow users to share what they’ve done or … Read More

Investigator’s Guide to Snapchat

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The Investigator’s Guide to Social Media introduces popular social media platforms and how information shared on these platforms can benefit investigators. In this installment, we’ll be discussing why one should be investigating Snapchat. What is Snapchat? Launched in September of 2011, Snapchat is a mobile native app which allows users to securely share messages, photos, and videos. While the platform offers its users more … Read More

10 Keys to a Social Media Investigation

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A successful social media investigation has the potential to make or break any case. However, with an increasing number of both social media networks and users, how can one be certain that their social media investigation is accurate and complete? Two-Thirds of Adults Use Social Media According to a 2015 Pew Research Center study, social media usage has exploded among adults over the past decade. The study’s … Read More

Social Media Evidence in Bankruptcy Proceedings

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Recently, a bankruptcy judge ordered rapper 50 Cent, whose real name is Curtis James Jackson III, back to court over several of his Instagram pictures. The pictures show the rapper with bundles of cash, one showing piles in his refrigerator, another with bundles spelling out the word “broke,” and another showed him cuddling money in bed. He’s also used his Instagram … Read More

Free Webinar: Ethical Use of Social Media in Litigation

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Join social media legal expert Ethan Wall, Esq. on Wednesday, October 19th at 12:00 PM EST for a free Ethics CLE accredited* webinar Investigating and preserving social media evidence is a critical skill for litigators, paralegals, and human resource professionals. While social media can be an effective tool for conducting research, strategic discovery, and provide an upper hand in litigation, there are … Read More

Subpoenas for Facebook Content

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In our previous blogs, we’ve covered the admissibility of social media evidence, but we have only briefly touched on the laws governing subpoenas for private Facebook information. This blog delves into some of the laws you need to be familiar with if you’re looking to subpoena social media sites. In general, a government agency may subpoena social media sites to … Read More