Twitter analytics service Bot Sentinel has released a report exposing a coordinated campaign of hate against the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Harry and Meghan.
The report has found that about 70 percent of hateful and negative comments about the couple come from 83 accounts. This is evidence of targeted harassment against the Sussexes, especially against Meghan Markle.
In an interview with BuzzFeed News, Bot Sentinel director Christopher Bouzy said the anti-Meghan campaign is unlike anything his team has seen before.
This is because there is no apparent motive behind this hate campaign, and he compares it to #StopTheSteal that sought to annul the results of the last presidential elections in the United States.
“Are they people who hate her? Is it racism? Are they trying to damage Harry and Meghan’s credibility? Your guess is as good as ours, “he said in the interview.
According to the report, behind this campaign are accounts of real people, thus ruling out the presence of bots in hateful comments. These are users who know how to manipulate Twitter’s algorithms and who avoid being suspended for violating the rules of coexistence of the social network.
“This level of complexity comes from people who know how to do these things, who get paid to do these things,” added Bouzy.
Bot Sentinel analyzed about 114,000 tweets with hashtags and keywords related to the dukes. In the end, 55 accounts were identified as the main responsible for the negative content.
Meanwhile, the remaining 28 accounts were used to amplify the content that had been originally created.
Twitter has already suspended four of these accounts while another six have made their profiles private.