Up until very recently, social media eDiscovery was often overlooked (or just plain ignored) by law firms and organizations alike. That’s changing though. With an increase in case law emerging on social media issues, it was inevitable that the legal community would start to incorporate social media communications into their discovery strategies.
The recent sanction of an attorney in Virginia underscored the importance courts now place on proper discovery of social media content. At the end of the day, social media is just another form of electronic communication, much along the lines of email and instant messaging. It’s the content that matters, not the communication channel. In fact, whether it’s for corporate governance, regulatory, or eDiscovery purposes, the identification and collection of social media content is absolutely critical.
I’m excited to present at LegalTech New York this year. Social is on everyone’s minds. Case law is growing on the topic. And technology is keeping pace. In addition to speaking in New York, I’ll also be hosting a regular webinar on social media eDiscovery. We’ll be hosting our first Social Media eDiscovery webinar on February 8th at 11am PT, so we encourage you to sign up and find out what your organization should be doing with respect to social and what tools are available to facilitate the discovery process.
Social’s not going anywhere, so it’s best to be prepared if the courts get involved….