Meghan Markle Twitter Troll impersonated a black woman – data analyst

A Meghan Markle Twitter troll posed as a black woman to criticize the Duchess and has been suspended by the platform, according to a data analyst.

Bot Sentinel researchers have been tracking what they describe as a hate ring targeting the Duchess of Sussex.

Initial reports showed that 70 percent of online abuse, which Meghan previously described as “nearly impossible to survive”, came from 83 accounts.

Today, founder Christopher Bouzy accused one account of ‘fishing the black’, a phenomenon where social media users pretend to be people of color using anonymous profiles.

Bouzy highlighted one account in particular and wrote on Twitter: “This person is not a black woman, this is a middle-aged white woman pretending to be black. Eventually we will be releasing a report on the digital black face. . “

The account replied: “Bahahahahaha i cant omg middle aged bro lol the last time i checked i was born a black woman lol.

“This man is right, I love this dude, a middle aged man who now lol aye bruh please sit still but thanks for the scream Christopher Bouzy.”

Less than 24 hours after being named by Bouzy, the account was suspended by Twitter.

A Twitter spokesperson said: “The account you referenced has been permanently suspended for violating Twitter’s rules on platform manipulation and spam.”

A report last week identified 245 accounts that Bot Sentinel declared to be inauthentic and networked.

The report read: “While collecting data for our final report on the hate campaign targeting Meghan and Harry, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, we received credible advice regarding a ‘botnet’ related to our investigation .

“During our initial analysis, we determined that several accounts were surprisingly similar, and each account followed many of the same people. Preliminary data indicated inauthentic activity.”

The report adds, “Our research revealed that 245 inauthentic accounts were on the same network. Although each inauthentic account followed slightly different people, each account in the network followed the same hate account (@ according2_taz).”

it comes after News week revealed that some Meghan troll accounts monetized their campaign on YouTube or by selling merchandise.

A YouTube channel, Murky Meg, was showing ads from Amnesty International, a human rights charity.

The organization said News week YouTube placed its ad on a Murky Meg video despite the charity having subscribed to a package that promised the highest levels of protection against hateful and sensational content.

Our research was cited by Safiya Umoja Noble, author of Oppression algorithms, in an article for New York magazine.

Noble’s UCLA Critical Internet Investigation Center is in partnership with Prince Harry and Meghan’s Archewell Foundation.

On November 9, Prince Harry told the Re: Wired top online: “The term ‘Megxit’ was or is a misogynistic term and it was created by a troll, amplified by royal correspondents, and it grew and developed into mainstream media but it started with a troll. “

He added: “I really feel like we need to invest and support professional and honest journalists who respect and defend the values ​​of journalism, not the hackers with the press cards who have hijacked the most powerful industry, the freest in the world.

Update 11/22/21 10:52 AM ET: This article was updated with comments from Twitter.

Meghan Markle on Remembrance Sunday visits the Cenotaph on November 10, 2019 in London, England. A troll posing as a black woman to criticize her online, according to Bot Sentinel.
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Sean N. Ayres