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

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

Investigator’s Guide to Facebook

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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 Facebook. What is Facebook? Social media sites span a spectrum from just providing a user name and a photo to the ability to get a deeper look at a person’s life, their … Read More

Avoiding Negative Press with Social Media Screening

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By now, you have probably heard about Wendy Bell being fired from WTAE-TV in Pittsburgh, PA, for racially insensitive comments she made on her Facebook page. Not only does her post reflect poorly on her, but as a long-time employee of the station, her comments will be associated with WTAE-TV as well, even though the station likely doesn’t share the same opinion. We have … Read More

Admissibility of Private Social Media Evidence

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Since our post about social media evidence admissibility received so much attention, we created a follow-up article focusing on the admissibility of private social media evidence. As discussed in the first installment, social media evidence is admissible in court and may have a direct impact on the outcome of a case. In addition to evidence from public social media accounts being discoverable, … Read More

3 Dangers of Accidental Social Media Interactions

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Have you ever… accidentally liked something on Facebook? accidentally friended someone online? forgotten to set your LinkedIn to view anonymously before creeping on a stranger’s LinkedIn? If you’ve ever done these things, you know that immediate, unpleasant feeling of regret that follows. It looks something like this: However, if the person you’re looking at online is someone you’re investigating, this type of … Read More

Social Media and the NFL Combine

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The NFL Combine will be starting up this week in Indianapolis, and as in years prior, the on-field competencies and physical abilities of professional football hopefuls will be evaluated and appraised by executives, coaches, scouts and doctors. Recently, however, reviews of player’s character and online activities have become almost as important as their performance at the 40-yard dash and the 225 pound bench press.  … Read More