Prince Harry wants to “redesign” social media.
The 35-year-old royal believes the “online community” is “unwell” and he and his wife, Duchess Meghan, have been working with “business leaders, heads of major corporations, and chief marketing officers” to try and implement change.
He said: “The digital landscape is unwell and companies like yours have the chance to reconsider your role in funding and supporting online platforms that have contributed to, stoked, and created the conditions for a crisis of hate, a crisis of health, and a crisis of truth.”
Harry explained he and Meghan had joined in with a campaign to urge companies to withhold their advertising spending at Facebook last month in a bid to force action against hate speech, and warned that using social media comes with a “higher price” than many people realize.
He wrote in an essay for Fast Company: “Every time you click they learn more about you. Our information, private data, and unknown habits are traded on for advertising space and dollars.
“The price we’re all paying is much higher than it appears. Whereas normally we’re the consumer buying a product, in this ever-changing digital world, we are the product.”
The prince called for social media bosses to work more with consumers, rather than advertisers, 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 weaponized, speech.”