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Twitter, Instagram and Facebook are fully integrated into our daily lives—almost like an acquired appendage. These social media platforms have become a key resource to businesses, politicians and individuals everywhere. Over the past 12 years, the percentage of adults using at least one social media platform has dramatically increased from 5 percent to 69 percent. See Social Media Fact Sheet, Pew Research Ctr. (last updated Jan. 12, 2017). The proliferation of social media serves as a font of potential evidence, but comes with some questions as to authenticity, given risks of fake accounts, impersonation and even hacking.

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