Behavioral evidence analysis on Facebook: a test of cyber-profiling
Yu, Szde. 2013. Behavioral evidence analysis on Facebook: a test of cyber-profiling. Defendology, v.16, no.33: 19-30.
This article applies criminal proﬁling in a cyber-context. More precisely, a deductive proﬁling method, behavioral evidence analysis, is adopted to develop cyber-proﬁling that aims to analyze the subject’s online behaviors. In the present study, Facebook.com was chosen as the research site and cyber-proﬁ ling was applied to analyze Facebook users’ online behavioral evidence. The goal was to predict some of their personality traits, namely self-control. The information revealed by the user was regarded as online behavioral evidence. Proﬁling based on such evidence successfully identify most people with low self-control, as conﬁrmed by the participants themselves. The results show that accurate proﬁling is achievable, although cyber-proﬁling on Facebook by no means can represent the full scope of cyber-proﬁling.