British Prince Harry said social media was partly responsible for the attack on the U.S Capitol riot which took place on January 6, as misinformation, hate, and other damaging features have become part of what should have been a social medium for interraction.
The Duke of Sussex said in a new Fast Company Q&A that, “dominant online platforms have contributed to and stoked the conditions for a crisis of hate, a crisis of health and a crisis of truth.
“We are losing loved ones to conspiracy theories. losing a sense of self because of the barrage of mistruths, and at the largest scale, losing our democracies.”
Responding to a question about the “well-documented online harassment he and wife Meghan Markle experienced while in the UK, Prince Harry also blamed social media for housing false stories that led to the harassment.
“I was really surprised to witness how my story had been told one way, my wife’s story had been told one way, and then our union sparked something that made the telling of that story very different.
“That false narrative became the mothership for all of the harassment you’re referring to. It wouldn’t have even begun had our story just been told truthfully.”
The Duke of Sussex talked about big tech like Facebook, YouTube and Twitter, sanction on former President Trump official accounts, though he was very careful not to mention Trump in his comment, but he feels companies reserve all right to regulate their policy against offenders.
He said, “We have seen time and again what happens when the real-world cost of misinformation is disregarded. There is no way to downplay this. There was a literal attack on democracy in the United States, organized on social media, which is an issue of violent extremism.”
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have long stopped active use of social media platforms.