Actress Amber Heard waits before the jury announces a verdict in the libel case brought by her ex-husband Johnny Depp in Fairfax, Virginia on June 1. Photo by EVELYN HOCKSTEIN/POOL/AFP via Getty Images
A job posting on freelance site Upwork is looking for a researcher who can pitch content that “proves how guilty Amber Heard is”.
The ad — “Hiring Title Researcher For Johnny Depp/Amber Heard Drama” — offers $8, presumably per hour, for a “title researcher” to pitch eight to 10 titles for YouTube videos.
“Our fans are all Johnny Depp fans, so they prefer videos about new evidence, celebrities, or anything else that goes against Amber Heard or supports Johnny Depp,” the post description reads. . “Our team expects you to come up with Clickbaity titles that will surprise us.”
The post links to videos created by Just In, a YouTube channel with 268,000 subscribers, as an example. Several heavily edited videos disparage Heard and support Depp and his attorneys on the site, including “BUSTED!” TRUSTWORTHY PROOF that Amber PRAISE her baby JUST LEAKED! and “Johnny SPOTTED donates MILLIONS to people in poor neighborhoods!”. Both already have thousands of views and were posted on Wednesday within hours of each other.
The channel did not confirm to VICE News whether it was behind the Upwork job posting at the time of publication.
This is also apparently the second such job posting, with the previous one disappearing from Upwork’s site following media coverage.
Upwork did not immediately respond to a VICE News request for comment.
The job posting is one of the latest examples of the relentless onslaught of hate targeting Heard and his followers.
The vitriol against Heard on social media likely influenced the jury that found her guilty of defaming ex-husband Depp in June. Depp had launched a defamation lawsuit against Heard for $50 million in response to a 2018 Washington Post editorial that Heard wrote about her experiences of domestic violence. Heard countersued Depp for $100 million in damages in response to public statements by one of Depp’s attorneys that called his claims “false” and a “hoax”, which the jury also had to deliberate.
The jury decided that Heard’s editorial was false and defamatory, and that Heard intended to defame Depp and awarded him $15 million in damages. According to the jury, Heard should receive $2 million in damages.
Heard now plans to appeal the case.
Despite the verdict, Heard’s online harassment hasn’t let up. Last month, Sentinel Robot, a Twitter analytics tool, released a report referencing hate targeting Heard as “one of the worst cases of platform manipulation and gross abuse by a group of Twitter accounts”. VICE News previously reported how content creators gained a ton of subscribers and subscribers for posting anti-Heard content during the trial.
It’s a reality that will likely keep survivors and victims of domestic violence from speaking out in the future, as they fear a similar backlash from friends and family members.
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