Wired News' Ryan Tate writes about why social media activity "is more readily used to convict you in a court of law than to defend you." The short version: "getting private information out of Facebook and other social networks" is typically easier for prosecutors than defense attorneys, as an ongoing Portland murder case shows.

3 Responses to “Why does Facebook data "tend to condemn" in court?”

  1. Rob Deters says:

    I am a criminal defense attorney and I can say for a fact, that having subpoenaed Facebook myself, they give absolutely nothing to criminal defendants and hide behind federal law, but will give just about anything to prosecutors when asked.  Shameful.

    • RedShirt77 says:

       Why do you think that is?  My guess is that the negative implications of not helping convict a criminal are high, and similarly the legal burden of becoming the national alibi service is also high.

  2. timquinn says:

    But, while you can show guilt with a single photo you can not demonstrate innocence the same way. All arguments about fake evidence aside.

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