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Social Media Cases

SEC investigates fake Twitter story

In the vast space of the Twittersphere, amidst increasing limitations on content policies and clampdowns on trolls – due to a mass of parody and unverified accounts lies a minefield of potential litigation death traps. Given the rate at which stories travel and influencers act online with the potential to reach the masses in a […]
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Social Media a “Goldmine” of Damning Divorce Evidence

In the last ten years there has been a phenomenal cultural and lifestyle shift from communicating and living IRL to online – and an interesting correlation with the rise in divorce rates and the acceptance of social media evidence in the courts. Many have described the limitless resource of messages, posts, images, videos and more […]
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Family Law from Facebook to the Courts

81% of lawyers using evidence from Social Networking platforms. A recent study from PEW found that 66% of divorce cases used Facebook content as a primary case of evidence – this is an alarmingly high figure for lawyers not well versed in managing social media content, but also unsurprising given the ways in which we […]
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California Court allows Instagram Evidence

Authenticating Instagram evidence still obstacle in social media case The most recent update on Social Media Evidence and Social Media #fails was handed down from a California appeals court in In re K.B, in relation to a criminal firearms conviction – where Instagram images posted from “40glock” (the defendant’s) social media account were accepted as […]
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Revenge Porn – Ending the Harassment

Revenge porn is a relatively recent phenomena targeting everyone from exes, celebrities, vulnerable individuals and more. A vast array of motives can lie behind this extremely detrimental form of harassment including extortion, revenge, and sheer humiliation. This Cybercrime involves the non-consensual distribution of sexually explicit media; a practice often also involving the distribution of additional […]
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Not So Criminal Mind: 1st Lady Tax Fraud

A series on anti-social media criminals Every little girl dreams of being a princess, queen, royalty or First Lady……and some can even make their dreams a reality. Of sorts. This social media savvy criminal, Rashia Wilson, most definitely believed she had achieved this – as the self-proclaimed “queen of IRS tax fraud”. (Little girls everywhere […]
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Not So Criminal Minds: “Friendly” Fugitive

A series on anti-social media criminals It’s the original Social Media cardinal sin – following, connecting with and “friending” people on social media…that you literally met for ten minutes at a bar, event, pumpkin patch etc. These people instantly have an insight into all aspects of your life that you choose to share with chosen […]
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A History of Social Media Evidence

State of Connecticut v. Eleck [2011] Unique Rules of Evidence for Digital Content? In this landmark case, it was established that a printout of social media evidence was deemed inadmissible, and the court established that while social media evidence does not require new rules of evidence, State of Connecticut v. Eleck involved an individual getting charged […]
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Not So Criminal Minds: Don’t take #Selfie

A series on anti-social media criminals The media and pop culture have always had an affinity with glorifying criminals with terms like mastermind, ringleaders, hacktivists etc. So when national headlines repeatedly depict an individual as; “[t]he most stupid criminal I’ve ever seen” ….you know it’s for a reason. Introducing the technologically challenged Rodney Knight Jr. of […]
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Facebook Fail: Liking own wanted photo

Fugitive likes own “wanted” mugshot in Facebook Fail When law enforcement and social media cross paths….it’s usually a legal and viral #win or #fail . The actions of Montana native, and not so much criminal mastermind, Levi Reardon, could likely be construed as the latter judging from his recent Facebook activity. The 23 year old […]
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