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amid a rise in racist online abuse targeting the Duchess of Sussex in the
months after the announcement of her pregnancy, sources have told CNN.
Kensington Palace staff are devoting more resources to deleting com
ments targeting Meghan, and blocking abusive Twitter and Instagram accounts. Sof
ware is being used to filter out the use of the n-word as well as emojis of guns and knives.
As part of the effort, the royal family issued a set of guidelines last week for people engaging with its social media channels.
Separately, the advocacy group Hope Not Hate analyzed a sample of more than 5,000 tweets contai
ning the most commonly used anti-Meghan hashtags. The analysis of the tweets, posted betw
een January and the middle of February, shows that a tight-knit group of accounts is behind much of the trolling.
Twenty accounts were responsible for about 70% of the tweets, sharing anti-Meghan hashtags, pictu
res and memes. The fact that such a small number of users generated such a large number of the tweets suggests that the accounts wer
e created for the purpose of producing negative content about the duchess, Hope Not Hate said.
”Good girls” do what they’re told, are quiet, don’t argue or risk embarrassing their families. Reem and Rawan say they had turned being “good girls” into a fine art.
”In our house, we (were) always the good girls they wanted us to be. So, if they want us to
clean, we will clean. If they want us to cook, then we will cook,” 18-year-old Rawan says.
”The last two years it was really bad, because I just forget who I am, I am just pretending (to be) like an Islamic girl,” says her 20-year-old sister, Reem.
They went to school, studied hard and avoided confrontation. Of course, the same rules d
idn’t apply to their brothers. Beat your sisters, the siblings say their brothers were told, it’ll make you better men.
Reem and Rawan are reluctant to talk about the abuse at the hands of their family. They say it
didn’t happen all the time, just enough to remind them of the rules. And enough to fill them with terror ab
out what might happen if anyone found out about their plan or, worse still, caught them carrying it out.