Crimes Committed over Social Media
With the spread of the internet following the development of communication technology, it is seen that many crimes are committed over the internet. We can say that in all these platforms that facilitate communication, committing crimes is also facilitated at the same rate. Considering that personal data and private information are shared extensively on social media sites, we frequently encounter threats with harm, blackmail to gain material benefit, insults and humiliating acts over information, over this information and data. Since all these acts are crimes within the scope of criminal law, it will be possible to prevent the acts that occur from causing harm, or to prevent any de facto action that may occur, by getting competent legal advice on criminal law.
How Are Crimes Committed in Social Media?
One of the most common problems on social media is blackmail, which is faced as a result of an information or image shared with confidence or accidentally shared, falling into malicious hands. In other words, your private images are used by someone else to threaten you. Blackmail crimes carried out via Skype and Facebook are usually committed by criminal gangs experienced in this field. The accounts used to blackmail are those that do not contain any information (anonymous), and the nicknames, account names, surnames, addresses and phone numbers used do not belong to the perpetrator.
My Personal Data and Private Images Retrieved Through Social Media, What Should I Do?
It is necessary to apply to an expert blackmail lawyer by collecting all the evidence (screenshot, receipt if money was sent, etc.) as quickly as possible. Blackmail crimes committed over the internet and social media are specific crimes that require experience and expertise to solve. Legal and technical roadmap should be multifaceted, trust should be fully established and full confidentiality should be ensured.
Crime has been committed against me on WhatsApp, what should I do?
When a message is sent via Whatsapp, it is possible to delete this message by the sender, so the perpetrators using this feature can send a message first and then delete the message, thus obscuring the evidence. In order to prevent this, it should be one of your first methods to take a screenshot of the images and correspondence content that is considered to be a crime. Subsequently, the person should get support from an IT specialist lawyer in order to access the blackened evidence through legal means, to examine whether the evidence constitutes a crime and to produce legal solutions.
Advice to the Victim of Crime Committed from Social Media
Advice to be given to the victim of the crime committed on social media varies according to the type of crime committed. For example, if blackmail was made, sending money to the blackmailer is never a solution. Because those people also work as an organization, they ask for money from people with their personal and private data, and if you send money, they share the images on the internet instead of deleting them. Or, for another example, you know that the image you shared is no longer yours alone, and you can never be sure that the data will not be spread. We see that in the events encountered, money requests do not stop one after the other, and they continue at a rate close to one hundred percent. Since it is your first and primary goal to prevent the sharing of private images, it will be the best solution to consult a lawyer experienced in blackmail as soon as possible.
Things to do
In the event that the person who commits the blackmail crime publishes the visual, video and similar material that is the subject of the crime on the internet, a legal application should be made urgently to remove this content. Since the content that is requested to be removed will also be the subject of a criminal case, legal advice should be requested from a lawyer who has experience in cybercrime and punishment.
In the case of blackmail via the internet, the lawyer works and should work in a multi-faceted manner in blackmail consultancy, tracking of personal and confidential content, preventing its spread, removing if any, litigation and legal process follow-up.
The lawyer who undertakes your legal consultancy will keep the client’s every information confidential within the framework of the confidentiality obligation and ethical rules, by prioritizing the client’s confidentiality, and will not share it with third parties other than the judicial authorities and will prevent it from being shared.
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