Prince Harry’s Social media battle is not something surprising to the world. Both Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are known to have taken a stand against the media whether to protect their privacy or to safeguard themselves against malicious articles written about them.
Taking a stance to further the cause, for a safe social media zone, Prince Harry recently wrote an op-ed for Fast Company magazine in which he highlighted, at length, the Digital un-wellness and the threefold crisis: a crisis of hate, a crisis of health, and a crisis of truth, that the toxic environment in social media is creating. The Former Duke of Sussex asked companies to think twice before advertising with social media sites because these contribute to a ‘crisis of hate’.
Prince Harry’s Social Media quest comes in the light of their belief that they felt it was necessary to say their part about the rise of an ‘unchecked and divisive attention economy’. In the message he spoke about the importance of compassion, trust, and well-being.
The social media reform campaign ‘Stop Hate For Profit campaign’, started by Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in June, sought to change online policies around hate speech especially at Facebook.
The movement urged companies to withhold their advertising spend at the platform for the month of July. The couple had also personally reached out to companies and as Harry said, “the campaign sent a $7 billion message through withheld ad dollars.”
Talking about the need for such a campaign he said, Social media, the seemingly free resource actually comes at a high price. He said, “Every time you click, they learn more about you. Our information, private data, and unknown habits are traded on for advertising space and dollars”
“Whereas normally we’re the consumer buying a product, in this ever-changing digital world, we are the product.”
He noted that ‘No manufacturer is likely placing their television soap ad next to this type of toxicity, yet due to the nature of the digital world, that advertisement could be sandwiched between inciting propaganda’.
He opined, “the Companies must recognise the impact of online ads from digital world have an impact on the physical world.”
He went on to add, “Because, if we are susceptible to the coercive forces in digital spaces, then we have to ask ourselves – what does this mean for our children? As a father, this is especially concerning to me.” He called for a‘re-modelling’ of the online community that would benefit the whole world. For the cause, the former royal couple also convened at Stanford University.
Earlier this year in a discussion at a YMCA centre in West London, Harry said that today social media is more addictive than drugs and alcohol.
Prince Harry’s Social media aversion is not something new. He has always been vocal about how the media attention reminds him of his late mother Princess Diana
Prince Harry had also called out the social media’s outright sexism and racism, after his relationship with Meghan, who recently celebrated her 39th birthday, was revealed in 2016.
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