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Twitter threatens to revoke Bot Sentinel's data access as founder suggests Twitter has more than 5% "bots," a key issue in its battle with Elon Musk

Bot Sentinel could soon find itself unable to track potentially harmful accounts on Twitter and share findings with the public after years of doing so, as the social media platform this week decided the tracker's activity is a "violation" of its API policy. More >>

Business Insider (Aug 20, 2022)

Evan Rachel Wood Targeted Next By Amber Heard Hate Accounts

An investigation into Twitter hate campaigns targeting Amber Heard suggests that actress Evan Rachel Wood and former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson will be targeted next. More >>

Newsweek (Jul 20, 2022)

Amber Heard’s treatment on Twitter during Depp trial was ‘flagrant abuse,’ report says

Bot Sentinel, a research firm that uses data science and artificial intelligence to detect and track bots, trolls and suspect accounts on Twitter and elsewhere, released a report Monday focused on how Heard was treated during the civil trial. It found that the targeting of the “Aquaman” actor was “one of the worst cases of platform manipulation and flagrant abuse from a group of Twitter accounts.” More >>

LA Times (Jul 19, 2022)

A harassment campaign on Twitter targeted Amber Heard supporters, and included mocking the death of one woman's child, researchers find

Hundreds of pro-Johnny Depp Twitter accounts spread attacks against Amber Heard and targeted her supporters during and after this year's highly publicized defamation trial, according to a report published Monday from research organization Bot Sentinel. More >>

Insider (Jul 18, 2022)

Amber Heard Supporters Target of ‘Widespread Harassment’ on Twitter, According to Firm Once Hired by Heard’s Lawyers

The firm, Bot Sentinel, analyzed 14,292 tweets that included at least one of four viral anti-Heard hashtags — #AmberHeardIsAnAbuser, #AmberHeardLsAnAbuser, #AmberHeardIsALiar and #AmberHeardLsALiar — and found that 24% of the accounts that posted them were created within the past seven months. More >>

Variety (Jul 18, 2022)

Amber Heard subjected to ‘one of the worst cases’ of cyberbullying during Johnny Depp trial, study finds

Amber Heard and her supporters were subjected to “one of the worst cases of cyberbullying and cyberstalking by a group of Twitter accounts” during the Johnny Depp defamation trial, a new study has found. More >>

The Independent (Jul 18, 2022)

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

Tweets trolling Amber Heard and her supporters during and after her highly-publicized defamation trial against Johnny Depp resulted in “one of the worst cases of cyberbullying and cyberstalking by a group of Twitter accounts” according to a report released Monday from Bot Sentinel, an firm that studies disinformation campaigns and online harassment on social media. More >>

Forbes (Jul 18, 2022)

Depp Trolls Perpetrated One of Twitter’s ‘Worst Cases of Cyberbullying’

A 17-page report by Bot Sentinel, a research group that aims to detect misinformation and harassment on social media, revealed that Johnny Depp’s supporters perpetrated “one of the worst cases of cyberbullying and cyberstalking by a group of Twitter accounts that we’ve ever seen.” More >>

The Daily Beast (Jul 18, 2022)

Report finds online campaign of "widespread targeted harassment" against supporters of Amber Heard

The firm analyzed more than 14,000 tweets that included at least one of four viral anti-Heard hashtags seeking to characterize Heard as a liar or an abuser, and found that nearly 1 in 4 accounts tied to the tweets, 24.4%, were created in the last seven months. More >>

CBS News (Jul 18, 2022)

Musk abandons deal to buy Twitter; company says it will sue

“This whole process has been bizarre,” said Christopher Bouzy, founder of research firm Bot Sentinel, which tracks fake Twitter accounts used for disinformation or harassment. “He knew about this problem. It’s odd that he would use bots and trolls and inauthentic accounts as a way of getting out of the deal.” More >>

AP News (Jul 08, 2022)