Prince Harry said he warned Twitter CEO ahead of the attack on the US Capitol that his social media platform was being used to orchestrate a coup d’état.
The Duke of Sussex spoke at the Wired RE: WIRED 2021 conference on a disinformation panel and said the problem arose before social media.
He said he had warned Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, the social media giant, “allowing a coup” the day before the January 6 riots.
Asked if he had spoken to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg or Twitter CEO Dorsey, Harry said he had warned the latter that his website had contributed to the coup ahead of the attack.
He said: “Jack and I were in email with each other until January 6th, when I warned him that his platform would allow for a coup. This letter was sent the day before. And then it happened, and since then I have not heard anything about him. “
A group of Donald Trump supporters have stormed the US Capitol building in Washington, D.C. in the wake of allegations that the presidential election was rigged and the role of social media giants in orchestrating the attack is being investigated.
Harry, who was listed as a co-founder of Archewell at the RE: WIRED Summit, works at the Aspen Institute think tank and deals with disinformation and disinformation in the media.
The 37-year-old man, who lives in Southern California with Meghan and the couple’s two children, said the Internet was “defined by hate, division and lies.”
“It can’t be,” he told the group. “Especially for everyone who has children, we allow you to define this future right here and now. Precisely what is greed, profit and growth.
“I hope that as people, as people with the ability to choose and make decisions, they will be more concerned about people now, about the safety of people, but also about what this means for the Internet, free Internet, and what it is. means for the next generation and the generation after that, and that, and that, and that. “
In his last appearance in the British press, Harry reminisced about his mother, Diana, the Princess of Wales, and again said that his wife, the Duchess of Sussex, received the same treatment.
He said: “They don’t break news, they create it, and they have successfully turned fact-based news into opinion-based gossip with devastating consequences for the country.
“So I know this story all too well. I lost my mother to this self-replicating rabies, and obviously I am determined not to lose my mother to my children for the same. “
Harry nodded at the comments he made on the mental health series he appeared on earlier this year and said that “they won’t stop until she dies,” a reference to Meghan.
He added: “This was more of a warning than a challenge.”
Harry said the “scope of misinformation is now appalling,” and warned that families are “crumbling” over the problem.
When asked if users should delete their social media accounts, Harry noted that he and Meghan are not working on any platforms and will not return until the changes are made.
He said it was “simply not true” that the problem of disinformation was “too big to fix, too big to solve.”
Duke said from experience that he and his wife were targeted by a small group of accounts.
He said: “More than 70% of the hate speech against my wife on Twitter can be attributed to fewer than 50 accounts.”
“Megxit” – the word used to describe the couple’s departure from royal duties – is a “misogynistic term” that was coined by the online troll before it became mainstream, Harry said.