Category Archives: Social Media

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Twitter Kills Search Features Useful for Background and Investigative Research

By: Mark Rosch

Twitter appears to have disabled its pinpoint geographical search capability, and severely limited its other geographic search capablities. Some less precise geographic search capabilities do still remain.

Until recently, it was possible to enter the search instruction geocode (along with GPS coordinates for a specific location) into the search box at Twitter to retrieve ...


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Facebook Kills Search Features Useful for Background and Investigative Research

Facebook has discontinued many search features useful to legal professionals conducting background and investigative research of users on the popular social networking site. These include searching by email address and phone number to locate someone’s Facebook profile. The changes were spurred by recent revelations that political data mining firm Cambridge Analytica scraped publicly available information from an estimated 87 million Facebook profiles for political marketing pu...


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Finding the Right Person on Social Media: An eDiscovery White Paper

The pervasive nature of social media has made it an extraordinary source of legal evidence today. As such, there is both a duty to preserve social media content and a need for lawyers to learn how to find relevant social media evidence to use in litigation. The five major social media sites today, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and YouTube, all have unique "flavors of information," but are often used in varying ways. It’s important to unders...


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Internet Research Reference Book Cybersleuth’s Guide to the Internet Now in its 14th Edition

The popular Internet research manual, The Cybersleuth's Guide to the Internet: Conducting Effective Investigative and Background Research on the Web has been updated to a new 14th edition.

The Cybersleuth’s Guide to the Internet features extensive reviews of the best investigative and background research resources available for free (or at low cost) on the Internet.  Unlike others guides which prese...


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Good News About Facebook Graph Search

Category : Facebook , Newsitem , Social Media

by Mark Rosch & Carole Levitt | November 29, 2017

Facebook’s Graph Search allows you to create very sophisticated, relational searches through the information people share about themselves on Facebook.

"Graph Search" features appear to have returned to the Facebook


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Facebook Kills Off Name Search

After many years of hiding the search page where you could search Facebook for a user by name without being logged into an account, Facebook has finally killed the feature off.

Facebook Name Search

For many...


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Oracle v. Google: The Social Media Research Ban

In a verdict handed down Thursday, May 26, 2016, jurors found that Google’s use of basic elements of the Java programming language to build its Android mobile operating system was a fair use under federal copyright law. While this is an important case in the fair use/copyright milieu, an earlier order by Judge Alsup is nearly as important to those following juror social media research issues - not just because of the substance of the order, but also because the court may have ...


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Summary of the Colorado Bar Association Ethics Committee Formal Opinion 127: “Use of Social Media for Investigative Purposes”

In September 2015, the Colorado Bar Association Ethics Committee (Committee) issued Formal Opinion 127 - Use of Social Media for Investigative Purposes - to address the conflicting ethical opinions from various jurisdictions about how to apply the establi

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