Britain’s Prince Harry said he met Twitter’s CEO ahead of the Capitol Riots on Jan.
Prince Harry made the comments Tuesday while participating in an online panel on misinformation in California. He said he emailed his concerns to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey the day before the riot.
“Jack and I sent each other an email before January 6th, in which I warned him that his platform would allow a coup to be staged,” said Prince Harry in the RE: WIRED tech forum. “That email was sent the day before and then it happened and I haven’t heard from him since.”
Social media sites have come under fire for not doing enough to stop the spread of misinformation and inflammatory content. The storming of the US Capitol by supporters of Donald Trump is just one example. Big tech in general is accused of putting growth and profits above public safety.
Prince Harry also accused other social media sites like Facebook of misleading “billions of people” with misinformation about COVID and climate change. He also targeted YouTube, saying that many videos spreading COVID misinformation have been left behind despite violating the site’s own guidelines.
“And worse, they came to users through the recommendation tool within YouTube’s own algorithm and not through everything the user was actually looking for,” he said. “It really shows that it can be stopped, but neither did they want to stop because it affects their bottom line.”
Prince Harry and his wife, the Duchess of Sussex, announced in early 2020 that they would give up their royal duties and move to North America, citing the intolerable interference and racist attitudes of the British media.
Meghan, a former star of the American TV legal drama “Suits”, married Prince Harry, a grandson of Queen Elizabeth II, at Windsor Castle in May 2018.