In a tough interview with a monthly business magazine, Prince Harry showed his anger and criticized the Silicon Valley tech giants for their little control over social media.
Meghan Markle’s husband blamed tech companies for the great evils that plague the planet for not monitoring the networks better and seeing what happens in them.
In the interview, the Duke of Sussex said that he and his wife want to be part of the human experience but not from a human experiment. He also noted that the current state of the world of technology must be reformed.
“There must be responsibility for the collective welfare, not just interests in financial incentives,” he told Fast Company.
“It is difficult for me to understand how the platforms themselves can make huge profits with great enthusiasm but avoid responsibility, “he added.
Prince William’s brother said that social networks became the root of violence and confusion because they harbor too much misinformation.
In addition, he clarified the information that circulated a few days ago about his definitive abandonment of social networks. He stated that although it is true that they left them, the absence is not final since they will use them again at some point.
“We will use the networks again when it is appropriate for us and when we see more significant commitments to change or reform the system. Now we are investing much of our energy in learning about this space and seeing how we can help, ”he said.
In that sense, in February 2020, the royal couple visited Stanford University, which has strong ties to Silicon Valley, for a meeting with the institution’s staff. Further, Archewell, his charity, also worked with the Center for Human Technology and the Center for Critical Internet Research at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Prince Harry not only expressed his anger but also focused his criticism on social media for your bad personal experience when he felt attacked and criticized through them. He also indicated that, in his opinion, the networks are responsible for the great disasters that have occurred in the world in recent times.
For example, he mentioned the January 6 attack on the United States Capitol or the destruction of the Amazon rainforest. “There was a literal attack on democracy in America, organized in the networks, which is a subject of violent extremism. Social media is known to play a role in the Myanmar genocide. They were used as a vehicle to incite violence against the Rohingya people, which is a human rights issue. And in Brazil, the networks provided a medium for misinformation that ultimately led to the destruction of the Amazon, ”he said.
In closing, he asked people to try to pass less time spent on social media. “My life has always been about trying to help those who need it most. Right now we need this change because it affects almost all the things we do or to which we are exposed ”, he concluded.