Anti-Amber Heard Twitter Campaign One Of ‘Worst Cases Of Cyberbullying,’ Report Says

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Tweets trolling Amber and her fans throughout and after her highly-publicized disparagement trial versus Johnny Depp led to “among the worst cases of cyberbullying and cyberstalking by a group of Twitter accounts” according to a report launched Monday from Bot Sentinel, a company that studies disinformation projects and online harassment on social networks.

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Actress Amber Heard leaves the Fairfax County Courthouse on June 1, 2022 in Fairfax, Virginia. The … [+] jury in the Johnny Depp vs. Amber Heard case granted Depp $15 million in damages to his profession over an op-ed Heard composed in the Washington Post in 2018.

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Key Facts

The nonpartisan group Bot Sentinel studied over 14,000 tweets utilizing the hashtags #AmberHeardIsAnAbuser, #AmberHeardLsAnAbuser, #AmberHeardIsALiar and #AmberHeardLsALiar– and kept in mind the “deliberate misspelling shows a calculated effort to control hashtag patterns” and was done to “to trick Twitter’s algorithms.”

There were 627 accounts committed to “solely” tweeting about Heard and her female advocates.

Over 24%of the accounts tweeting and utilizing unfavorable hashtags about Heard were developed in the last 7 months; “the average for other subjects is 8.6%,” Bot Sentinel reported.

Heard and ladies who tweeted their assistance of her were “assaulted non-stop,” typically with “repulsive and threatening language;” Bot Sentinel detailed a circumstances in which somebody developed a phony account utilizing pictures of a Heard fan’s departed kid to assault them, and likewise bothered this individual’s member of the family.

Trolls that assaulted Heard and her advocates just recently turned their unfavorable attention to Evan Rachel Wood, who has actually implicated Marilyn Manson of sexual assault, and Cassidy Hutchinson, a previous assistant of Mark Meadows who just recently affirmed throughout a public January 6 hearing, Bot Sentinel stated.

Bot Sentinel consisted of a disclaimer in its report that Heard’s group called the group in 2020 to study social networks activity about her, which was different from their research study of the Heard Depp case, which it started in June.

Crucial Quote

” What we observed was among the worst cases of cyberbullying and cyberstalking by a group of Twitter accounts that we’ve ever seen,” Bot Sentinel composed in its report. “It’s our viewpoint Twitter didn’t do enough to reduce the platform control and did extremely little to stop the abuse and targeted harassment.” Bot Sentinel stated it offered Twitter a copy of its report prior to releasing it.

Key Background

Depp implicated Heard of libel over a 2018 Washington Post op-ed in which she explained herself as “a public victim representing domestic abuse.” The jury discovered Heard maligned Depp, and he was granted $104 million. The jury likewise chose Depp maligned Heard, and she was granted $2 million. Attention on social networks was caught by the approximately six-week long telecasted trial. In addition to Twitter, TikTok ended up being a hotbed for conversation of the case, which mainly seemed in favor of Depp. Vice reported in May that conservative media outlet The Daily Wire invested in between $35,000 and $47,000 promoting short articles about the trial, which had a “a clear predisposition versus Heard,” on Instagram and Facebook, where it’s one of the most popular publishers. In June, quickly after the trial ended, the #JusticeForJohnnyDepp hashtag on TikTok had 20.4 billion views, compared to 88.6 countless the #JusticeForAmberHeard. “Even if you believe that I’m lying, you still could not look me in the eye and inform me that you believe on social networks there’s been a reasonable representation,” Heard stated on the Today program after the decision. Attorneys for Depp rejected that social networks had an influence on the decision, and stated accusations that there was a collaborated project developed on Depp’s behalf “unconditionally incorrect.”

Further Reading

Report discovers online project of “extensive targeted harassment” versus fans of Amber Heard (CBS News)

Amber Heard Says She Doesn’t ‘Blame’ Jurors For Siding With Johnny Depp– But Says Trial Wasn’t ‘Fair’ (Forbes)

Johnny Depp’s Lawyers Don’t Think Verdict Will Affect #MeToo Movement (Forbes)

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