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SOCMINT – Social Media Investigation News

For Investigators Social Media is the Gift that Keeps on Giving


Today over 81% of the adult US population is on some form of social media. Facebook alone reportedly has more than 2 billion global monthly active users and has generated $27.64 billion in revenue. Twitter has 1.3 billion registered users and 328 million active users. Social media usage boils down to the basic human desires of a sense of belonging and connection, to be part of a group.

While social media is often used as a quick and easy way to update family and friends on recent activities and share photos, oddly enough the practice of documenting one’s crimes through social media is on the rise. Narcissistic criminals, political protestors and terrorists have exposed their nefarious actions to showcase their power, self-importance or ingenuity. Fame, however achieved, is also an aphrodisiac for those who seek the notoriety that comes with a large audience.

Even if one is careful not to post anything personally incriminating to social media platforms, evidence of a person’s illegal activity is often discovered in digging through what family, friends and friends of friends share. Most courts have broadly refused to recognize a social media privilege declaring that users have no reasonable expectation of privacy even in private accounts.

Furthermore, private social media posts and private pages are not as private as many people think. If a person posts a photo on Facebook and only shares that post with Facebook friends there is no guarantee that the photo will remain private, viewable to friends only. When friends share that photo, they can share the link with a wider audience than originally intended. Therefore, social media intelligence (SOCMINT) is now a critical tool for today’s meticulous investigator.

Even if willingly shared publicly an innocent looking photo may not be so innocent. For example, if a person is the plaintiff in a claim of emotional duress, trauma or any other impact to their mental health and wellbeing a simple photo post of the plaintiff enjoying life can refute the plaintiff’s claim or reduce damages awarded. Even after litigation is over a family member bragging that such a case was won can break a confidentiality agreement.

As with traditional forensics, a wide variety of digital evidence can be collected that is deemed probative and valuable for collection and further investigation. Evidence inventory logs must be created to make certain that all evidence is properly recorded, preserved and accounted for and be court admissible. A proper chain of custody must be established to maintain the integrity of a piece of evidence. Each piece of evidence must be marked collected by a process of digital identification that is self-authenticating.

Today’s top investigators and researchers keep on top on how to use and apply social media intelligence (SOCMINT) analytical tools to accurately analyze the treasure trove of information hidden within social media networks. For the investigator, social media provides an abundant pool from which to fish for illegal or inappropriate behavior, to ascertain someone’s character to find someone or to prove (or disprove) an alibi. Social Media – it’s the gift that keeps on giving.

If you want to learn how you can become a top-notch social media researcher or investigator or use our white label eDiscovery services and software to enhance your own investigations just let us know. We’re here to help. 


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We know how to work with Law Enforcement, Prosecutors & Judges to show how to include authenticated Social Media Evidence and expert testimony to support your criminal defense case

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We know you are passionate and zealous client advocates handling a heavy case load. We help you win more cases by identifying possible witnesses, discovering, capturing and preserving court admissible evidence.

Private Investigator

We support private investigators as part of their team or provide to them with Tomoko Discovery, our proprietary eDiscovery software platform.

Opposition Research

As advanced social media research experts for political campaigns, PACs and advocacy groups we add critical and actionable value to the tradecraft of traditional opposition research gumshoe detectives.

Insurance Defense

Insurance fraud is an issue with staggering financial impacts. That’s why we work for insurance companies and their insured. Our social media research is now changing the way insurance companies can identify fraudulent claims.

Intellectual Property Protection

A large quantity of counterfeit merchandise is available for sale on the surface web, deep web and dark web. Today brands must be vigilant in their asset recovery and intellectual property monitoring as much, or more, on the dark web and deep web as they are on the surface web.


Public Defender / Criminal Defense

Serving public defenders, defender investigators, federal public defenders and public defender offices we know you are passionate and zealous client advocates handling a heavy case load. We help you win more cases by identifying possible witnesses, discovering, capturing, and preserving court admissible evidence, and assessing case party credibility. Social media evidence authentication and open source intelligence are now one of the most fertile sources of criminal evidence and innocence.

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Online researching (OSINT) and social media investigations (SOCMINT) are becoming simultaneously more imperative and more complex. At Toonari, we recognize how difficult the process of discovery, collection and preservation of this data can be. Our team will be traveling to your location and instructing your staff on better research, forensic and investigative techniques. We are happy to work with you to create a specialized curriculum for your business or team or we can offer a pre-established course.

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Court Admissible Web Capture

Tomoko Discovery will collect the Metadata, Source Code and other items sealing it with a 256-bit Hash and timestamps on the captured files using a certified Stratum-1 atomic clock.

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Record court admissible video of evidence displayed on desktops with our screen video recorder. (TOR, Windows, Mac, etc.)

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Tomoko Discovery will collect the Metadata, Source Code and other items sealing it with a 256-bit Hash and timestamps on the captured files using a certified Stratum-1 atomic clock.

Local Possession of Evidence

You will be able to directly export all of your digital evidence to your desktop without saving it on Tomoko Discovery.

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Stores all of your digital information in the easy to use cloud storage for later use.


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