From Facebook to Instagram, social media has become a way for people to share personal content with friends and family members. As a result, social media posts and pictures have found their way into the courtroom during litigation. Yet, using social media as evidence in your case is not easy. It requires precision and experience … Continue reading
Social media evidence can be priceless, but it is commonly deemed inadmissible in court due to questions of content authorship and authenticity.
Social media is a great place to catch up with old friends and keep family members up-to-date on your life. It is also a great place to conduct investigations as well! Many people live with the false idea that social media content is private and/or cannot be used in court. However, pictures and posts made … Continue reading
A recent case highlighted the use of digital evidence and social media in today’s courtrooms. The case, Monet v. Bank of America, involved a dispute over a defaulted loan. In particular, the courts considered the digital evidence submitted by Monet inadequate to win his case. This was mainly due to the inability to authenticate the … Continue reading
A recent case, Moroccanoil v. Marc Anthony Cosmetics, highlighted the importance of social media investigations in court cases. In this case, a federal district court ruled that Facebook screenshots were inadmissible in court. Their reasoning: that web pages and screenshots could not be authenticated. They then applied this logic to Facebook screenshots. As a result … Continue reading
Social Media Investigation Series (Part 4): Legal Issues That Could Arise When Using Social Media or Internet Evidence in Court
This is the fourth and final installment of our social media and online investigations (SMI) series. Our first installment provided tips about how to locate social media accounts. Our second installment focused on the basics of account authentication and how to begin laying the foundation for internet-based evidence. Our third installment focused on how to … Continue reading