New Notifications, 2020 Social Media Update Part 1
A multi-part update series reviewing recent news, resources, and cases related to social media and the technical and legal challenges it creates in eDiscovery
by Matthew Verga, JD, Xact Data Discovery
As a review of almost any day’s news will demonstrate, social media remains an influential, indispensable part of American life – for better or for worse. Our usage of social media has grown dramatically over the past fifteen years:
When Pew Research Center began tracking social media adoption in 2005, just 5% of American adults used at least one of these platforms. By 2011 that share had risen to half of all Americans, and today 72% of the public uses some type of social media.
Our high rate of usage has continued, without abatement, “despite a long stretch of controversies over privacy, fake news and censorship on social media” [internal hyperlinks omitted].