Meghan Markle says the "bad voices" on social media are "so loud and harmful" – after claiming she terminated her accounts for self-preservation.
This afternoon the Duke and Duchess of Sussex hosted a special edition of the TIME100 lectures on "The State of Our Digital Experience".
Meghan, 39, wore an Alexander McQueen black suit and admitted that while she and Harry “don't speak technology,” they “know a person's experience and the pain, suffering, and joy that came from this global web & # 39 ;.
Meanwhile, Harry said that online platforms "distract us from the things we should focus on," adding, "What happens in the online world affects the world. This is a global crisis of hate , a global misinformation crisis and a global health crisis. & # 39;
The couple, who tuned in from their $ 14 million Santa Barbara mansion, also said that spending more time with their son Archie "is hugging every moment" during the pandemic.
Presented in partnership with P&G and under the motto "Engineering a Better World". The special episode followed on from Harry, 35, and Meghan's desire to build online communities that are more compassionate, safer, and more trustworthy.
Speaking to Edward Felsenthal, Editor-in-Chief of Time, Meghan said: "We try to use the time we spend with our son and use every moment of his growth and development."
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry say they are "hugging every moment" spending more time with their son Archie during the pandemic
When asked how they are doing, Harry pointed out that before 2020 the question was that people had "thrown around" – but he reported that they were "good" and added, "There are many things to focus on, a lot of work.
"This is an opportunity to spend more time as a family than we probably would otherwise."
The episode included conversations with a number of guests, including Reddit co-founder and founder of 776 Alexis Ohanian, and Rappler CEO and editor-in-chief Maria Ressa.
During Meghan's conversation with Alexis, the husband of her close friend Serena Williams, who built the Reddit platform for 15 years, the duo discussed trolling and the responsibility of social media platforms to address the problem.
Alexis admitted that the industry has long invested in tools to reduce "toxicity".
During their conversation with Alexis, Serena Williams' husband who built the Reddit platform for 15 years, the duo discussed trolling
Meghan shared how she read about a YoutTube employee who filed a PTSD application because of the stress they took home every day. "Can you imagine wearing this every day? It's everyone who is affected," she said. “The good outweighs the bad, but the good, the bad can be so loud that it does the damage.
“You tweeted recently, we haven't started realizing the legacy and impact of these platforms, and realizing what social media and what online space they're doing to us on a deeper level. We're in now, but we have a chance to break out of it. & # 39;
Meghan recently insisted that all social media users be like "drug addicts" during a virtual summit – despite having spent many years as a prolific Instagram user. She drew the bold comparison during the Fortune Most Powerful Women Next Gen Virtual Summit – an online event reserved for invited guests willing to pay a fee of $ 1,750.
She told Fortune Associate Editor Emma Hinchliffe that she "hasn't been on social media in a long time" – although she shared an official Sussex Royal account with Prince Harry for several years before stepping down as senior royals.
Meghan and Harry suggested that push notifications could get rid of fake messages if shared stories and social media posts were found to be untrue. The Duchess admitted that although they do not speak technology, they do know the experience of a person being and the pain and suffering and joy that have come from this worldwide network & # 39;
Meghan and Alexis also discussed online hatred and extremist indoctrination, with Alexis observing how easy it is to communicate with people online as well as offline.
"The reality is that we now all have examples of people who have developed very close relationships with people they don't even know," he said.
"It is no leap in considering the impact this has on recruiting these hideous ideologies … What is sometimes dismissed as a joke is a way to normalize really problematic behavior, and in the next decade we have to find out. " figure out how to bring back many of these people. & # 39;
Meghan referred to a statistic published in the Wall Street Journal that claimed 66 percent of people join extremist groups because they were recommended to them.
"This goal is leading you down a path you never intended, but the negative effects are enormous," she said.
People featured below also included President and Co-Founder of the Center for Humane Technology, Tristan Harris, activist, writer, and co-director of UCLA's Center for Critical Internet Inquiry, Safiya U. Noble.
People featured below also included Center for Humane Technology President and Co-Founder Tristan Harris, activist and author and co-director of UCLA's Internet Critical Inquiry Center Safiya U. Noble, pictured with the Sussexes
During this discussion, the couple suggested that it could be fake news Eliminated with push notifications when things turn out not to be true.
Harry suggested, "Even if it was removed, that's not the solution. You just have to go back and say what you saw a few weeks ago isn't true," Meghan interjected, "Like you a push -Receive a notification." to say this is not true, that thing that you believed in by giving the facts and correcting falsehoods as they are searched out. & # 39;
Safia said the path to change is to vote for leaders who understand the issues, adding, "The best thing people can do is vote for people and guidelines who really know what is going on."
She added that social media has the power to fuel charities like the Black Lives Matter movement.
This afternoon, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex hosted a special edition of the TIME100 lectures on "The State of Our Digital Experience" – pictured with Time Editor in Chief Edward Felsenthal
Disinformation researcher Renée DiResta, founder of Somewhere Good, Naj Austin, Loveland Foundation founder Rachel Cargle, and the moderators of Teenager Therapy, with whom the Sussexes recorded a podcast earlier this month, also appeared.
Harry concluded the talk by borrowing the Brexit vacation campaign slogan and calling on people to regain control over the use of social media and mobile devices.
"I think we can do so much to help ourselves, but we can do so much more than our actions, our decisions, as they affect everyone else, both online and offline," he said.
“I think that the power to hold back, to take back control, each and every one of us, to take back control so we aren't controlled by this platform, are not controlled by this device, and there are certain things that we and What you can do will have a great impact on your own life and it will be felt all over the world because over half of the world is connected in this sense. & # 39;
Last week, before the event, a photo of the couple was posted, showing the beaming mother of a Meghan next to her two-year-old husband, who has a protective arm behind him.
In the black and white picture, the two are wearing matching outfits, with Harry, whose hair seems to be falling off, does without a tie and leaves his upper button open in his typical leisure style.
Last week, before the event, a photo of the couple was posted, showing the beaming mother of a Meghan next to her two-year-old husband, who has a protective arm behind him
Meghan is again wearing an Alexander McQueen Grain de Poudre suit – blazer US $ 1,995 (£ 1,544) and pants US $ 795 (£ 615), which she first wore in February 2018 when she attended the annual Endeavor Fund Awards.
On her wrist, she wears a Cartier & # 39; Love & # 39; bracelet valued at $ 6,500 (GBP 5,031) and Princess Diana's seemingly gold Cartier Tank Française watch.
The watch, believed to be a gift from Harry, was worth $ 23,000 (£ 17,800) at the time, but is likely worth a lot more now given its history.
TIME's Editor-in-Chief and CEO Edward Felsenthal commented: "Since launching in April, TIME100 Talks has focused on solutions and visions for a better future through discussions with exceptional executives from around the world."
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex recently spoke out on a number of hot button issues, including social media addiction, black lives matter, and voter repression. You met Malala Yousafzai for a virtual chat earlier this month (picture)
"This particular episode marks our first collaboration and we are excited to be working with The Duke and Duchess of Sussex to investigate these pressing issues."
Dan Macsai, Executive Editor and Chief Editor of TIME100, added: “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, both TIME100 alumni, are some of the most influential voices in the world.
"We look forward to working with them to raise important voices and provide real solutions to some of the most pressing problems of our time."
The Duke and Duchess of Sussex recently spoke out on a number of hot button issues, including social media addiction, black lives matter, and voter repression.
TIME100 Talks has brought together more than 100 notable guests – including UN Secretary General António Guterres, lawyer Rev. Bernice A. King, immunologist Dr. Anthony Fauci, UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie, musician John Legend and Elton John, House Spokespersons Nancy Pelosi and the Dalai Lama.
Since the start in April, more than 50 million video views have been generated on the TIME platforms.
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