Social media’s ever-growing impact on our lives has skyrocketed over the past decade, and it is rampant in nearly every part of people’s lives today. Social Media, however, is a valuable resource for private investigators, and the evidence obtained through social media websites can and does hold up in the courts.
In recent years, you will notice that social media posts are being used as evidence in court to determine someone’s character, support their alibis, and provide valuable information relevant to court cases. The benefits of social media investigations are unlimited, ranging from direct corroborative evidence to risk assessment and ongoing proof of activity.
A recent custody case where a mother’s alleged drug use is a concern can be supported with photographs and status updates posted to social media of the mother using or discussing using drugs.
Why Hire a Private Investigator?
Social media vulnerable personal information, posts, videos, and photos are out there. A professionally trained, seasoned private investigator has the tools and knowledge to locate and obtain the social media data that would confuse the average person.
Private Investigators rely on various methods and techniques to locate hidden accounts or those with privacy settings that stop them from showing up in public search results. When searching for an individual’s name, you will often type in a name and find several different accounts sharing the same name, not including the accounts that don’t appear in the public search results. Because of this, we often use a variety of reverse searches and other investigative methods to locate the account more quickly and accurately. We can obtain photos and posts that identify the correct social media accounts in most instances, even when the accounts are entirely private.
When the social media investigator is tasked with locating key evidence and collecting social media data for legal proceedings, the private investigator will use advanced software to collect the necessary metadata out of the content to adhere to the court’s standards. This is precisely why you would want to rely on a private investigator for this type of investigation.
Contact the private investigators of Francis & Associates to learn more about Social Media Investigation. https://www.francisinvestigations.com