Prince Harry has penned an essay for Fast Company about the concerns he and Meghan Markle share about social media’s damage on young people today, including his son, and called for sweeping change.
The Duke of Sussex, 35, wrote that after speaking with experts, he and Markle, 39, believe society has to rethink the way social media is used in order to create a space with less hate and more love.
“We believe we have to remodel the architecture of our online community in a way defined more by compassion than hate; by truth instead of misinformation; by equity and inclusiveness instead of injustice and fearmongering; by free, rather than weaponised, speech,” he said in the essay.
Calling on social media industry leaders for their help, he expressed concern for his and Markle’s 1-year-old son, Archie, writing: “Because, if we are susceptible to the coercive forces in digital spaces, then we have to ask ourselves—what does this mean for our children? As a father, this is especially concerning to me.”
He stressed that leaders should act now, writing: “For companies that purchase online ads, it is one thing to unequivocally disavow hate and racism, white nationalism and anti-Semitism, dangerous misinformation, and a well-established online culture that promotes violence and bigotry. It is another thing for them to use their leverage, including through their advertising dollars, to demand change from the very places that give a safe haven and vehicle of propagation to hate and division.”