Thanks to the ever-growing popularity of social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, private investigators now have a more powerful tool to extract and gather information. Social media investigations allow the investigator to obtain a plethora of information on a person that may otherwise be difficult – if not impossible- to find from other sources. Examples of information that may be used from social media sites include:
- The most recent description of a person.
- A subject’s scheduling information (i.e. when they got to work, what appointments they have that day, etc.)
- A list of specific friends
- A person’s hobbies and recreational activities.
These are only a few examples of what kind of information you could obtain from a social media investigation, however, the amount of information that you can get from these sites can be limitless.
Why Someone May Need a Social Media Investigation When an investigator looks into someone’s social media account, they are able to get an in-depth look at a person’s life by viewing their photos, conversations, and most recent status updates. This information can be useful in many instances including custody cases, court cases, finding a missing person, and even domestic investigations where the information gathered could help provide an alibi or other evidence that may help to prove a person’s guilt or innocence. Why a Private Investigator Should Perform Social Media Investigations Many people believe themselves to be social media “experts.” And, while they may be able to navigate through Facebook with ease, it is best that these types of investigations are done by an experienced private investigator. There are many laws and restriction that must be obeyed when conducting an investigation that a private investigator will have more knowledge on. For instance, there are many different rules that determine who you can follow on social media and what level of search is allowed for a specific case. If these rules are not followed, it could greatly jeopardize your case in a court of law because some of the evidence that you wrongfully obtain could be dismissed in court. At IQ, we have a team of highly qualified and knowledgeable investigators that are experienced in extracting valuable information from social media sites. If you feel that you could benefit from a social media investigation, please don’t hesitate to call our office and let us go to work for you.