Amber Heard and Johnny Depp, the angry ex-lovers, are presently locked in a vicious legal battle in Virginia. According to new data, nearly 11% of all Twitter accounts participating in the conversation surrounding Johnny Depp’s defamation trial against his ex-wife, Amber Heard, are fake.
According to a survey of 2,300 Twitter profiles conducted by Cyabra, a tech business dedicated to enhancing online distance by detecting inauthentic behavior online, the majority of those inauthentic identities are supporting of Heard. The majority of authentic accounts are supportive of Depp. Cyabra CEO Dan Brahmy told Fox News Digital about the behavior.
Whenever there’s a lot of people involved, there’s always going to be some level of additional, inauthentic conversation going on around a topic. It is usually…about drawing financial interest, or some sort of status or political interest.
Bad actors choose their target based on how much attention particular issues generate on the internet. About 11% of the 2,300 total accounts assessed by Cyabra that discussed the trial appeared to be fake. Researchers identify which accounts appear to be fake based on their interactions with other users, the content they post or engage with, the time they share content, and other factors.
Algorithms may now detect inauthentic accounts based on their social media activity. While 11 percent may not seem like much, it is comparable to the percentage of fake accounts used in aggressive election meddling. Inauthenticity typically varies between 3 percent and 5 percent, the CEO noted, implying that the 11 percent of inauthentic accounts involved in Depp-Heard dialogue is around three to four times higher than inauthentic accounts engaged in other topics of interest.
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