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Meghan and Harry have been the target of a hate campaign on Twitter, report says

While Twitter had previously suspended 40% of the top 55 hate accounts, according to Bot Sentinel, the accounts used methods such as including “parody” in their profile bio or using coded racist language to avoid punishments. During the investigation, Bot Sentinel used Twitter accounts without friends or followers, but that did not stop the platform’s algorithm from taking their Twitter habits into account. “After viewing two hate accounts, Twitter’s algorithm began to suggest many hate accounts,” the report notes. “Twitter has repeatedly recommended that we follow these hate accounts.”

As the report summarizes, “Our research revealed that a relatively small number of single-use anti-Meghan and Harry accounts created and distributed most of the hateful content on Twitter. However, the main accounts had repackaging support and shared by accounts with a considerable number of subscribers. We observed that major accounts coordinate their activities and use various techniques to avoid detection. In short, the majority of anti-Meghan and Harry activity was not organic. “

Christophe Bouzy, founder of Bot Sentinel, attributed an immediate change they saw online to the report. “We observed a significant decrease in activity targeting Meghan and Harry shortly after the report was released,” he said. tweeted. “Had the activity been organic, it is highly unlikely that we would have seen such a sharp decline in such a short time.”

He also wanted to distinguish between “a bunch of accounts that just say ‘serious stuff'” and the accounts they referred to. “These are single-use accounts dedicated to creating and distributing hateful and often fictitious content intended to deceive,” Bouzy wrote, “and they openly coordinate on and off Twitter.”

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