Prince Harry warned Twitter CEO ahead of January 6 US Capitol riots
- Prince Harry said that he sent an email to Jack Dorsey and the Twitter executive hasn't replied yet
- The Royal was taking part in an online panel on misinformation in California
- Prince Harry accused other social media sites like Facebook of misleading “billions of people”
Prince Harry on Tuesday said that he warned the chief executive officer of Twitter Jack Dorsey ahead of the January 6 Capitol riots. As per the Duke of Sussex's statement, he told Dorsey that the social media site was being used to stage political unrest in Washington DC.
Prince Harry said that he sent an email to Dorsey and the Twitter executive hasn't replied yet.
“Jack and I were emailing each other prior to January 6 where I warned him that his platform was allowing a coup to be staged,” Prince Harry said at the at the RE:WIRED tech forum.
“That email was sent the day before and then it happened and I haven’t heard from him since.”
The Royal was taking part in an online panel on misinformation in California. Twitter has not responded yet.
Prince Harry accused other social media sites like Facebook of misleading “billions of people” with misinformation about COVID-19 and climate change. He also targeted YouTube, saying many videos spreading COVID-19 misinformation were left up despite violating the site’s own policies.
Social media sites have come under fire for not doing enough to halt the spread of misinformation and inciteful content, and the storming of the U.S. Capitol by supporters of Donald Trump is often cited as an example of the consequences of allowing hate to fester. Big tech in general has been accused of putting growth and profits ahead of public safety.
“And worse, they came to the users via the recommendation tool within YouTube’s own algorithm versus anything that the user was actually searching for,″ he said. “It shows really that it can be stopped but also they didn’t want to stop it because it affects their bottom line.”
Harry was listed as the co-founder of his nonprofit organization Archewell at the tech forum. Earlier this year he joined the U.S. think tank the Aspen Institute as a commissioner looking into misinformation and disinformation in the media.
Harry and his wife, the Duchess of Sussex, announced in early 2020 that they were quitting royal duties and moving to North America, citing what they said were the unbearable intrusions and racist attitudes of the British media.
With inputs from the Associated Press