October 20, 2020 Feature

Ethical Issues When Advising Clients to Preserve Social Media Evidence

Ignatius Grande
How should you advise litigants about preserving their posts and instant messaging communications?

How should you advise litigants about preserving their posts and instant messaging communications?

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We live in a very different digital world than the one that existed 15 to 20 years ago. Social media, mobile devices, and text messaging have changed the way in which we all communicate with each other. One only has to read the headlines about political adviser Paul Manafort sending messages using Wickr and Signal, or see the president’s latest tweets, to confirm this is true. More and more people post on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and a panoply of other social media platforms.

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