Social networking describes a set of Internet tools that enable shared community experiences, both online and in person. In recent times, there has been a rapid growth in the use of social networking applications by both individuals and organisations thereby giving rise to a new form of evidence that has become a rapidly emerging frontier in digital forensics. Most essentially, Social media includes but not limited to blogs, message boards, chat rooms, online forums, and other similar sites such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram.
The use of social media comes with certain challenges. However, the general benefits of the use of these fairly new technologies - which include the promise of greater transparency and greater public participation - must be weighed against the potential drawbacks, such as truthfulness and accuracy of posted information, the source of the posted information, and the longevity of inaccurate information in cyberspace, as well as a host of legal issues when organizations choose to create and host these sites.
The trail of digital information on social media, if explored correctly, can offer remarkable support in government, corporate and criminal investigations. However, exploring social media for potential evidence and presenting these proofs in court is not a straightforward task. Our training focuses on how to find, collect, preserve, produce and the validation of such media evidence in legal proceedings, where expedient.