Prince Harry rejects reports that he and Meghan Markle are quitting social media for good

January 23, 2021
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Prince Harry is coming clean about the rumors that he and Meghan Markle are quitting social media.

In an interview with Fast Company, Harry addressed the ease at which misinformation spreads online.

"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 began.

"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 continued.

Both Harry and his wife have fallen victim to harassment and misinformation, which he said wasn’t solely a “tech issue” or “political issue” but also a “humanitarian issue.

"I was really surprised to witness how my story had been told one way, my wife's story had been told one way, and then our union sparked something that made the telling of that story very different," he said.

He continued: “That false narrative became the mothership for all of the harassment you're referring to. It wouldn't have even begun had our story just been told truthfully."

Though the couple recently deleted their Instagram handle, Sussex Royal, he shot down speculation that they were leaving social media for good. In fact, he even acknowledged that the online space “can offer a means of connecting and community, which are vital to us as human beings."

However, he explained that they are focusing their hiatus on trying to make social media a better place for everyone.

The Sussexes started their non-profit venture – the Archewell Foundation – after giving up their royal titles. Since then, they've partnered with the Center for Humane Technology, an organization led by a former Google ethicist, which found that improving the social media experience included taking accountability and having compassion.

"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," he said. "There also has to be common, shared accountability."

So, while the duo is not currently available on socials, he admitted that they would “revisit social media when it feels right for us -- perhaps when we see more meaningful commitments to change or reform.”

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