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Social Media for Investigators – Successful Investigator Series (6 hours)

Course Description

Social Media for Investigators is a course designed for the professional development of Private Investigators.  This course further instructs investigators regarding social media and its impact on investigations.  Topics include social media history and platforms, social media demographics and the emerging importance of social media on investigations.

Course Outline

  • Introduction of Class
    • Expectations of the student
    • Summary of class and course outline
    • Requirements to receive credit
  • Social media history
    • Rise of social media
    • History of the larger social media sites
    • Social media growth and statistics
    • Video presentation of social media statistics
  • Social media demographics
    • Who is registered on social media platforms?
    • Sweet spot of social media population
  • Social media network platforms
    • Social media platforms and pre-investigations
    • Traditional pre-investigations vs. social media investigations
  • Why social media investigations are important
    • How social media impacts investigations
    • Real world social media examples
  • Privacy and social media
    • What is private and what is not private
    • Case law surrounding social media
    • Ethical considerations of false friending
    • Pre-texting
  • Social media danger areas
    • Invasion of privacy
    • Violation of terms of service for social media accounts
    • Private pages and false friending
    • Exclusion of evidence
    • Invalidation of the fraud defense
    • Bad faith and punitive damages
    • Negative press coverage
  • Conclusion and Comprehensive review

Course Outcome

Investigators will have the ability to work at their own pace on line and complete six (6) hours of professional development to further enhance their investigative skills.

Course Completion

All courses include an end of course examination. Students must pass the exam to receive credit for the training. Certificates will be available online immediately for all students.

Education Assistance

School administrators at NITA are available to assist all students during normal business hours: Monday-Friday from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM EST. Students may call 800-730-6482 or email at info@InvestigativeAcademy.com

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