Detecting Target Spoliation in Social Media

Because social media content is dynamic and maintained by claimants, it can be problematic. Claimants are able to edit old posts, deleting relevant content and even editing old content to match their claim position.

This is Facebook Source Code. Some of this needs to be preserved to prove target spoliation.

Capturing claimant content and carefully preserving it in real time on a separate server is crucial for showing whether a claimant’s profile data has been changed. Any inconsistencies between the captured content and live content is a red flag for spoliation.

Target spoliation can cause increased losses in court if it is not exposed. If you suspect spoliation with your claimants, it may be time to call in a data analyst; sometimes spoliation can be forensically recovered. However, if the claim had been monitored and harvested starting at DOI, the spoliation would be more easily identified.