In addition, a web gag on social media was imposed by a magistrate who suppressed the information that might compromise the trial.Social media can also be used as a tool for victim-blaming, as occurred after the Kardashian robbery.
But while live tweeting represents a step forward in achieving open justice, there remain concerns with the practice.
At the other end of the spectrum, social media has been accused of posing risks for many users, particularly young people.
Immediately following the incident, some Facebook and Twitter users argued she got “what she deserves” and that “maybe she will cover herself up now”.
Social media can be further be used as a weapon through which the friends and families of victims of crime are exposed to secondary victimisation.
As platforms evolve and new issues emerge, social media will continue to provide challenges and opportunities for criminal justice officials, as well as change the way the public perceives and engages with issues of crime and victimisation.
However, calls for bans and restrictions to social media are unlikely to yield results.Previously, it’s been thought that people form their opinions about crime from what they see or read in the media.But with social media taking over as our preferred news source, how do these new platforms impact our understanding of crime?Thus, like many other advancements in communication technology, social media has a good, a bad and an ugly side when it comes to its relationship with criminal justice and the law.There is no doubt social media has been beneficial for some criminal justice institutions.Social media has also created new concerns in relation to crime itself.Victimisation on social media platforms is not uncommon. Social media has created new opportunities for criminal justice agencies to solve crimes, among other things.Also, the ability for criminals to use social media platforms to track potential victims (and their possessions) was highlighted in the recent Kim Kardashian robbery.In addition, “old” crimes such as harassment and threats, as well as fraud and identity theft, have been conducted in new ways through social media.Finally, “couch detectives”, eager to identify suspects, often weigh in on social media, which can at best be distracting for law enforcement and at worst result in innocent people being wrongly accused.In a recent ABC documentary, the detectives who worked on the Meagher case said they: Trial by social media has become increasingly concerning for those working in the criminal justice system.