YouTube ‘incites’ Meghan Markle trolls to produce hateful videos – data analyst

Meghan Markle trolls earn thousands of dollars from YouTube advertising, which then incentivizes them to “keep creating more hateful content”, a data analyst has claimed. Newsweek.

Bot Sentinel investigated what it described in a report as a hate ring targeting the Duchess of Sussex.

The company began watching Twitter where it discovered in October that 70% of hateful Twitter posts about Meghan were produced by a core of 55 troll accounts backed by 28 secondary accounts that were used to spread the toxic speech.

However, it has since moved on and now watches YouTube where founder Christopher Bouzy identified an account, Yankee Wally, which appears to generate $3,300 in ad revenue per month.

He said Newsweek there were more users earning similar sums by posting hostile videos about the Duchess and said they would be exposed in a future report by the company.

Bouzy said Newsweek“I think it’s unconscionable and abhorrent that people are making thousands of dollars every month from videos created to spread hate, and platforms like YouTube encourage these people to keep creating more hateful content.”

Yankee Wally has posted over 500 videos, with names such as “Proof of what a malicious manipulator plotting controlling narcissist Meghan Markle REALLY is.”

Previous searches by Newsweek showed a separate troll account, Murky Meg, who made money from ads on hate videos, including for human rights organization Amnesty International.

When contacted by Newsweek, the charity said it advertised through YouTube using a package that enforced the company’s strictest controls on hateful content, but the platform placed its ad on the channel anyway. hateful.

Newsweek has reached out to YouTube and Yankee Wally for comment.

Bot Sentinel in October said Twitter’s algorithm was fueling the troll network targeting Meghan by suggesting new followers for hateful accounts.

Its report said, “We used Twitter accounts with no friends or followers during our research, and after viewing two hateful accounts, the Twitter algorithm began to suggest many hateful accounts.

“On several occasions, Twitter recommended that we follow these hateful accounts.

“We believe that the accounts included in this report violate Twitter’s rules on
platform manipulation and spam, abuse/harassment and private posting
information.”

Meghan told the Teen therapy podcast in October 2020 of the impact of online trolling on her.

She said: “I’m told that in 2019 I was the most trolled person in the world, male or female.

“For eight months I wasn’t even visible. I was on maternity leave or with a baby, but what was able to be made and produced, it’s almost unsurvivable.”

Meghan Markle lays flowers at New Zealand House in London on March 19, 2019 following a terrorist attack at a mosque in Christchurch. A YouTube account appears to be making $3,300 a month from hateful videos about him.
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Sean N. Ayres