• Research showed that 11% of the Twitter accounts discussing Johnny Depp and Amber Heard's defamation trial are inauthentic
  • Most of the inauthentic accounts are supportive of Heard, the research claims
  • Fans and supporters of Depp and Heard weighed in on the report via social media

Johnny Depp's fans blasted Amber Heard after new research claimed that a number of the Twitter accounts posting comments supporting her are "inauthentic."

Cyabra, a tech company dedicated to improving online distance by detecting inauthentic behavior online, conducted an analysis of 2,300 Twitter profiles that discussed Depp's ongoing defamation trial against Heard between March 13 and April 16 and found that nearly 11% of these accounts participating in the discourse were not genuine, Fox News Digitial reported.

This figure on par with the percentage of fake accounts that participated in "aggressive election interference," Cyabra CEO Dan Brahmy told the outlet, adding that "the average of inauthenticity usually ranges between 3% to 5%."

The report claimed that the majority of the inauthentic accounts were supportive of Heard, while most authentic accounts were supportive of Depp. Researchers studied the other users these Twitter accounts were interacting with, what material users post or engage with and what time they share content, among others, to determine whether they were authentic or not.

Most of the genuine accounts shared pro-Depp content using hashtags such as #JusticeForJohnnyDepp, #BoycottAmberHeard and #AmberHeardIsALiar, the research said. The top inauthentic pro-Depp account received almost 20,0000 shares on one post, according to the report.

On the other hand, most of the profiles sharing pro-Heard content were inauthentic fan pages, using hashtags like #JusticeForAmberHeard, #JusticeForAmberHeard and #JohnnyDeppIsALiar, the report claimed.

Depp's supporters immediately took to Twitter to criticize Heard and prove they are not bots.

"Busted! Amber Heard fakes support against Johnny Depp?! She's buying bots?! No one believes Heard so she's literally buying bots!" one tweeted.

"This makes me laugh. After trying to say all of us on Johnny's side were bots. Well look! Yet another lie! #JusticeForJohhnyDepp #JohnnyDeppIsInnocent #AmberHeardIsALiar," another wrote.

"Hey @realamberheard stop projecting. Who [has] the bots?" a third user commented, adding the hashtag "#JusticeforJohnnyDepp."

"About 11% of the accounts are bots. Most of the 11% are Amber Heard supporters. I think there's no way someone can listen to those recordings of Amber and still believe she is a victim. Stats found that most of her supporters are bots, which makes sense. #JusticeForJohnnyDep," another user tweeted.

But a number of social media users and fans rallied behind Heard, saying they believe her.

"[M]y heart breaks to watch Amber’s face while listening to her abuser play the innocent guy and say so many lies, especially about her. I wish she didn’t have to go through that. And [I] wish her trauma wasn’t treated as entertainment. #IStandWithAmberHeard," one wrote.

"[H]e really got them thinking that he can win. #IStandWithAmberHeard," another added.

"After hearing and seeing evidence of his crimes, they still defend him…it’s beyond sad. They only want to see him as the actor who can do no wrong, not as the horrible despicable person he is. #IStandWithAmberHeard," a third netizen opined.

"She is fighting for their marriage. She should have not. But love takes time to fade. I am happy Depp wanted this trial to be public like this. So more people can watch the evidence. #JusticeForAmberHeard #IStandWithAmberHeard," another wrote.

Heard previously accused Depp and his lawyer, Adam Waldman, of using Twitter trolls and Russian bots to launch a smear campaign against her and ruin her career when the actor sued the British tabloid The Sun for calling him a "wife-beater."

In her filing, the "Aquaman" actress alleged that Depp and his representatives controlled "social media accounts created specifically for the purpose of targeting Ms. Heard," and they were "designed to damage Ms. Heard and her livelihood without being directly traceable to Mr. Depp," The Times U.K. reported.

Depp denied Heard's allegations and claimed in his defamation suit that the accusations were "part of an elaborate hoax to generate positive publicity for Ms Heard and advance her career." The actor also claimed that Heard "is not a victim of domestic abuse; she is a perpetrator."

Depp lost the case after a judge ruled that The Sun's article was "substantially true." The actor was also refused permission to appeal.

Depp is currently suing Heard for $50 million over a 2018 Washington Post op-ed in which she wrote about surviving domestic abuse. He was not named in the piece but argued that it was referring to him and their past relationship and that Heard's allegedly false abuse allegations ruined his career and destroyed his reputation.

Heard, however, has insisted that she told the truth and has filed a $100 million countersuit against Depp.

The trial, which is being heard in Fairfax, Virginia, continues.

Actress Amber Heard listens to testimony at the defamation trial filed against her by her former husband Johnny Depp
Actress Amber Heard listens to testimony at the defamation trial filed against her by her former husband Johnny Depp POOL via AFP / Steve Helber