Legal Challenges to the Authentication of Social Media Evidence

Social media evidence is highly relevant to nearly all legal disputes and broadly discoverable, but challenges lie in evidentiary authentication without best practices technology and processes. This newly updated whitepaper in 2022 examines these challenges faced by legal and digital investigation practitioners, while illustrating and providing resources for best practices for collection, preservation, search and production of social media data. Also highlighted in this paper are examples of numerous unique metadata fields for individual social media items that provide important information to establish authenticity, if properly collected and preserved.

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