Barcelona have denied that club president Josep Maria Bartomeu paid a social media company to criticise legendary Blaugrana figures and current players, including Pep Guardiola and Lionel Messi.
Spanish radio station Cadena SER have alleged that Bartomeu hired 'l3 Ventures' to help improve his image and protect the reputation of his board.
Messi and Gerard Pique were reportedly among those targeted in a series of social media messages, along with former Barca superstars Carles Puyol and Xavi Hernandez.
Victor Font, who is set to be a candidate in the 2021 presidential elections at Camp Nou, was also among those reported to be a target of abusive posts.
It is understood Font is closely aligned with Xavi, who himself was heavily linked with a return to the club in a coaching capacity when Ernesto Valverde was sacked in January,
Bartomeu will not be seeking re-election, having been at the helm for the past six years, and Font is the only man to have stepped forward to succeed the 57-year-old ahead of next year's vote.
Barcelona have endured a turbulent start to 2020, with a public dispute between Messi and sporting director Eric Abidal making the headlines in the weeks after Valverde's dismissal.
Quique Setien was the man who inherited the managerial reigns from Valverde, but the Blaugrana have since surrendered the initiative to Real Madrid in this season's title race.
Barca will be back in La Liga action on Saturday at home to Eibar, three days before they take on Napoli in the Champions League knockout stages.