Facebook Content as Digital Evidence: Implications of Facebook’s Updated Messages Feature

The increasing use of social media as evidence in matrimonial matters has been widely
publicized. In particular, Facebook can often be a treasure trove of information for one spouse to utilize against the other. That is why it is especially important to understand the changes that were made to Facebook’s messaging system over the past few years. While initially implemented as an instant messaging tool, Facebook’s messaging system has now become an instant message and email hybrid. This has had a significant impact on what data is potentially stored by Facebook and the default options for what is saved. This article also highlights some issues with obtaining information through an ordinary Facebook account, which may provide you with only a portion of the information actually retained by Facebook.