55 Twitter Accounts Targeted 114,000 Hate Tweets Towards Prince Harry & Meghan Markle, Report Says
Data analysis firm, Bot Sentinels, conducted the investigation and found surprising new information.
The firm found that accounts were solely used to create negative content towards the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. They analyzed 114,000 tweets using hashtags and keywords that additionally found 28 extra accounts would be created to amplify the hate.
The accounts have a combined 187,631 followers and their content reached an estimated 17,000 users, according to Bot Sentinel.
“Our research revealed these accounts were brazenly coordinating on the platform, and at least one account was openly recreating people to join their hate initiative on Twitter,” read the report.
The targeted amounts would share links to “private blogs, Instagram accounts, and YoutTube channels that all are created to spread negative contact towards Harry and Markle.
By using Twitter accounts without friends or followers they conducted their investigation and found after viewing two hate accounts, Twitter’s algorithm would suggest that they follow numerous hate accounts that spread similar content.
The accounts used “tactics to avoid suspension” and keep accounts alive even though Twitter suspended 40% of accounts.
Tactics included using wording like “parody” in their profiles and coded racist language used towards Markle.
A Twitter spokesperson said the social media site is “actively investigating the information and accounts” from the report.
The negative content specifically towards Markle was an influencing factor in her and her husband leaving as active working members of the Royal family. Markle had been vocal about how the online hate has affected her mental health.
Marble told Teenage Therapy podcast last year: “I’m told that in 2019 I was the most trolled person in the entire world – male or female. Now, eight months that I wasn’t even visible. I was on maternity leave or without a baby, but what was able to just be manufactured and churned out, it’s almost unsurvivable.”
“…It's almost unsurvivable." –#MeghanMarkle
I’m so glad you survived Princess Meghan❤️🔥 ❤️🔥 pic.twitter.com/fwEzkrs1P4
— Her Majesty (@HerMajestyEl) October 26, 2021
As we learn more about the coordinated attacks on Meghan Markle, I wanted to shed some light on the type of attacks used by The Firm, British Press and Social Media trolls. Next time you see hate, think about the reasons behind it – #MeghanMarkle #StopHateForProfit pic.twitter.com/HHmDCWMOP4
— Boom (@TheDuchessBoom) October 27, 2021