In the Social Media Age, Can Justice be Served?

Whatever happened to the presumption of innocence? In today’s media landscape, where online accusations and rumours spread virally, judgment is swift. It’s become a modern witch-hunt, with YouTube videos and Facebook posts condemning the accused before they can even respond. And considering the permanence of the online record, reputations can be shattered even when rumours prove false. Yet at the same time, the police have never had a better way of collecting evidence to convict the guilty. Online conversations, photos and videos posted online are becoming commonplace as evidence in the courtroom. Given these challenges and opportunities, can justice prevail in the online court of public opinion?