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Washington Journal of Law, Technology & Arts

Abstract

Social networking is a popular form of online interaction that combines several types of electronic communication in a single user interface. An attorney working with evidence found on social networking sites should have a general understanding of how users create and access content on social networking platforms. Before such evidence may be presented to the jury, an attorney must make a showing of authenticity. The proponent of the evidence may need to use different authentication methods depending on the type of communication involved. This Article provides background information about social networks and explores how to authenticate common types of evidence available on social networking sites.

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