From Feed to Evidence: A Lawyer’s Guide to Authenticating Social Media Posts

· August 30, 2023
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In the space of a decade, social media has become a part of many people’s daily lives, across a range of platforms, interests, and demographics. This phenomenon of posting, commenting, and private messaging has generated an abundance of potential evidence relevant to lawsuits. As this form of digital evidence has become more prominent, it is increasingly important for attorneys to understand the way that this data is retrieved, as well as the relevant rules of preservation and spoliation. Failing to comprehend these nuances can result in the exclusion of crucial social media evidence or poor communication and oversight of technical experts, potentially impacting the outcome of legal proceedings. As the role of social media continues to grow and evolve, attorneys today will want to be able to leverage its potential for the litigations and uphold ethical responsibilities in the process. 

In this seminar, our expert panelists begin by introducing eDiscovery and how it is used for social media data. Next, our speakers dive into the type of information that is included in social media evidence as well as accessing data that has been stored by an app or deleted by a user. The conversation continues with a discussion on the preservation and spoliation of social media evidence. Our panelists conclude with the key factors essential to the authentication of social media evidence and recent relevant cases.  

Topics covered in this webinar:    

  1. eDiscovery for Social Media Posts  
  1. Understanding Social Media Evidence  
  1. Preserving Social Media Evidence  
  1. Authenticating Evidence 

Featured Speakers:

Daniel B. Garrie, Esq., Founder, Law & Forensics, Neutral, JAMS, Faculty, Harvard​

Mariana McConnell, Partner, Kiesel Law LLP

Jennifer Hoekstra, Partner, Aylstock Witkin Kreis & Overholtz PLLC​

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