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Gone Viral: Social Media in eDiscovery, Part 8 – Key Takeaways

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Gone Viral: Social Media in eDiscovery, Part 8 – Key Takeaways
By Matthew Verga, JD, Xact Data Discovery 

A multi-part series on the technical and legal challenges raised by the involvement of social media sources and data in electronic discovery and how to overcome them

In the first Part of this series, we reviewed the scope and scale of the social media problem and usage patterns for the five primary social media platforms.  In the second Part and third Part, we reviewed technical and legal mechanisms for acquisition.  And, in the fourth Part and fifth Part, we reviewed rules and cases on authenticity and admissibility.  In the sixth Part, we reviewed cases on social media spoliation issues.  In the penultimate Part, we touched on ethical and reliability concerns, and in this final Part, we review the key takeaways.

Key Takeaways
On Sources and Usage: Without question, social media is now used frequently and by the majority of people in the United States.  It is also showing up in more and more cases as evidence each year.  The most commonly used (and, therefore, implicated) social media platforms are Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and Twitter.  Facebook usage is roughly triple the usage of each of the other four and is implicated the most often.

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