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Prince Harry & Meghan Markle Were Targets of an Organized Harassment Campaign on Twitter

Prince Harry & Meghan Markle Were Targets of an Organized Harassment Campaign on Twitter

There was an orchestrated effort to harass Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on Twitter.

The royal couple were targets of a coordinated campaign with “racist coded language,” according to Twitter analytics service Bot Sentinel, via People.

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The analytics report looked at 114,000 tweets related to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, and found 70% of the hateful comments came from just 83 accounts.

“Using internal and 3rd party analytic tools, we estimate a combined unique potential reach of 17,000,000 users. We used friend/follower connections, retweets, and mentions to identify accounts that were part of the same hate network. Our research revealed these accounts were brazenly coordinating on the platform, and at least one account was openly recruiting people to join their hate initiative on Twitter,” the report concluded.

The analysis also found that Twitter had previously suspended many of those accounts, but they had come up with tactics around suspension, including placing “parody” in their profiles.

“Others would use racist coded language about Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, to avoid detection. We also observed several accounts either lock or completely deactivate their profiles to preserve their accounts,” the report added.

Twitter told BuzzFeed News that they are “actively investigating the information and accounts referenced in this report — we will take action on accounts that violate the Twitter Rules.” The outlet also noted that Twitter suspended four of the accounts named in the report, while six others went private.

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