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Prince Harry Condemns Attacks On The Capitol & Calls For Tech Companies To Take Responsibility

Prince Harry Condemns Attacks On The Capitol & Calls For Tech Companies To Take Responsibility

Prince Harry has opened up in a rare interview about the attack on the Capitol with Fast Company.

The 35-year-old Duke of Sussex condemned the riots, and shared his thoughts about how much social media was involved.

“We have seen time and again what happens when the real-world cost of misinformation is disregarded. There is no way to downplay this,” Harry shared, adding that “there was a literal attack on democracy in the United States, organized on social media, which is an issue of violent extremism.”

Harry added that there needs to be responsibility taken by tech companies for what happens on their platforms.

“What happens online does not stay online—it spreads everywhere, like wildfire: into our homes and workplaces, into the streets, into our minds. The question really becomes about what to do when news and information sharing is no longer a decent, truthful exchange, but rather an exchange of weaponry,” he said. “The answer I’ve heard from experts in this space is that the common denominator starts with accountability. There has to be accountability to collective wellbeing, not just financial incentive. It’s hard for me to understand how the platforms themselves can eagerly take profit but shun responsibility.”

Harry continued, “There also has to be common, shared accountability. We can call for digital reform and debate how that happens and what it looks like, but it’s also on each of us to take a more critical eye to our own relationship with technology and media.”

Just recently, Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle, officially launched a podcast where they opened up about world issues, including social media and shared some secret facts about them.

You can also visit their foundation, Archewell’s website.

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