Billie Eilish was targeted by armies of anti-Semitic bots and trolls online after promoting her new album on MTV Israel, a new social media analysis found.
The 19-year-old pop singer made a series of promotional videos for her second studio album, Happier Than Ever, each tailored to a different country, following its July 30 release.
She shared a clip on July 31 aimed at her Israeli audience, saying ‘Hi Israel, I’m so excited that my new album, ‘Happier Than Ever,’ is out now.’
Her Instagram account was then ‘flooded with thousands of bot-driven comments consisting of Palestinian flags and other Palestine solidarity-themed comments’, according to a report – titled ‘Manufactured Outrage’ – by pro-Israel organization Creative Community for Peace (CCFP).
The CCFP study obtained by DailyMail.com analyzed six of Eilish’s posts after she put out her ‘Hi Israel’ video.
Among the top comments, 30 per cent were anti-Israel and posted by users with no posts on their personal profile (a strong indicator of bot activity). Those comments received 235,995 likes.
Another 12 per cent were posted by users with only one or two posts on their profiles.
The report describes the onslaught of anti-Israel and pro-Palestine comments as a ‘coordinated attack on Billie Eilish’ and a ‘specific effort by anti-Israel activists, who use social media to distort and influence public opinion against Israel via inauthentic means.’
‘Bot armies attacked Billie Eilish’s Instagram account with waves of sock-puppet and fake account posts. This was done in an effort to overtake her influential social media page and to use it as their own bully pulpit,’ the report said.
‘The frequency and volume of the comments creates a false impression. The overwhelming presence of the comments on the videos intended to silence her from ever mentioning Israel again and to give a false impression to her fans that thousands of real people are posting comments on her posts.’
Source: Daily Mail