Fake Honduran Twitter: the digital campaign against Berta Cáceres and COPINH

“more of the smear campaign against #BertaCaceres”

The fake network

Using gephi I created a graph of the network of 36 accounts that fake user cesarjc31 is following. Most of the other accounts in this network are following the same accounts.

Network of 36 fake accounts that cesarjc31 is following
Pre-render screen of network of 36 fake accounts that cesarjc31 is following
71 accounts that cesarjc31 is following including the fake network
Pre-render screen of the 71 accounts that cesarjc31 is following including the fake network

Background

The date that this smear campaign took place, December 11, 2015, is significant. It happened one day after a Honduran court convicted a military officer for the murder of another COPINH member and Lenca indigenous leader, Tomas García.

The smear campaign

On the evening of December 10, 2015, the Honduran Public Ministry tweeted two tweets about the outcome of the trial for the murder Tomás García:

Update
December 2, 2019: Honduras court orders 50-year jail terms in case of slain dam activist

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Erin Gallagher

Erin Gallagher

Social media researcher, multimedia artist, currently research assistant with the Technology and Social Change Project