The same goes for every type of investigation – the more information you have, the better.
As social network sites continue to grow and social media continues to increase in popularity, people are becoming less concerned with their personal privacy. Social media has ingrained itself in the daily routines of many people, and users are consistently posting photos, comments, and tagging themselves and others – exposing a lot of information to a lot of people.
By contrast, social media has become a tool for private investigators to obtain information on their subjects of investigation.
Social media investigations are often conducted prior to surveillance, as they are very helpful in providing insight into the daily life of a subject – their movements, routines, associates, etc.
They can also assist in confirming actions that contradict work restrictions and insurance claims, locating subjects/missing persons, establishing timelines, and verifying employment among other things.
The metadata attached to most posts can provide more in-depth information as well, including where a subject was at the time that the post was made. This information can be useful in discrediting fraudulent claims, and sometimes even in questioning the reliability of a subject as a witness.
Private investigators are trained on how to obtain social media and all internet information in a way that is completely legal and admissible as evidence in court. Reports containing social media investigations always include the sources of the information, and investigators are always prepared to testify on the collected data.