Chapter 4

The intersection between social media, crime, and digital forensics: #WhoDunIt?

Kathryn C. Seigfried-Spellar*
Sean C. Leshney***    Purdue University, IN, USA**    Tippecanoe County Prosecutor’s Office, IN, USA


This chapter opens with a discussion on the prevalence and different types of social media, such as social networking sites, blogs, virtual social worlds, collaborative projects, content communities, and virtual game worlds. Next, the authors review the potential evidentiary value that social media may have in criminal cases. Specifically, social media may yield digital evidence of the planning, commission, or aftermath of a crime. Finally, this chapter provides an overview on the location of social media evidence on the ...

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