With 1.2 billion monthly active users on Facebook alone, it’s not surprising that social media networks can be a rich source of information for investigators. And because Americans spend more time on social media than any other major Internet activity, including email, social media information and evidence is plentiful. You just need to know how to get it.
Finding, preserving and collecting social media evidence often requires some forensic skills, as well as an understanding of the laws that govern its collection and use. It’s important for investigators to be aware of both the possibilities and limitations of social media forensics.
- Where social media evidence can be found
- How social media forensics can be used by investigators to gather evidence
- What can and cannot be collected
- Tools of the forensics trade
- When to call in the experts