Megan Markle and Prince Harry are victims of a targeted online “hate-for-profit" ring, according to a new report.
The paper 'Coordinated Hate Campaign Targeting: Harry and Meghan, Duke and Duchess of Sussex', put together by data analytics service Bot Sentinel, suggests that users are creating 'misinformation' about the couple so they can make money from views and clicks.
It is their third and final report into online activity surrounding the couple after two previous pieces of research in October and November last year, and finds that "single-purpose hate accounts" are now coordinating across several different social media platforms.
Claiming that most of the users were 'Caucasian women' and were creating doctored photos and fake news, they wrote:
"We were able to establish that Meghan Markle is the target of an ongoing hate and dsinformation campaign organized by a group of predominantly Caucasian women.
"The group fabricated and disseminated false narratives and altered photos of Meghan Markle on Twitter and other social media platforms."
"We believe several hate accounts pose a credible threat to Harry and Meghan, Duke and Duchess of Sussex"
The anti-trolling organisation revealed that anti-Meghan channels on YouTube have received more than 497 million combined views combined, and have earned an estimated $3,800,000 (£2,560,253).
All of the top three YouTubers in this category are said to be women, and have reportedly made $494,730 from Sussex-related videos.
Tactics used for anti-Meghan material included setting fake accounts to spread messages, evading Twitter bans and communicating with leading royal commentators.
The group made an additional claim that one of the named users is "in communication" with Samantha Markle, Meghan Markle’s half-sister.
In 2019, The Duchess of Sussex revealed she had been told that she was the “most trolled person in the entire world” in the previous year
Bot Sentinel said their report emphasised the need for social media giants like Twitter to regulate user content better and apply stricter bans.
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