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Prince Harry says he warned Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey of US Capital riot

Prince Harry says he warned Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey of US Capital riot

by Danica Kirka | The Associated Press

LONDON – Britain’s Prince Harry said he warned Twitter’s chief executive before the January 6 Capitol riots that the social media site was being used to spark political unrest in the US capital.

Harry made the remarks on Tuesday while participating in an online panel on misinformation in California. He said he conveyed his concerns to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey via email the day before the riots.

“Jack and I were emailing each other before January 6th, where I warned him that his platform was allowing a coup,” Harry said 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.”

Twitter declined to comment on Harry’s remarks.

Social media sites have been criticized for not doing enough to stop the spread of misinformation and inflammatory content, and the attack on the US Capitol by supporters of Donald Trump is often cited as an example of the consequences of allowing hatred to spread. goes. Big Tech in general has been accused of putting growth and profits ahead of public safety.

Harry accused other social media sites such as Facebook of misleading “billions of people” by providing misinformation about COVID-19 and climate change. He also took to YouTube, saying that several videos spreading COVID-19 misinformation were dropped despite the site violating the site’s own policies.

“And even worse, they came to users through the recommendation tool within YouTube’s own algorithm, which is exactly what the user was looking for,” he said. “It really shows it can be stopped but they didn’t want to stop it because it affects their bottom line.”

Harry was listed on the Tech Forum as a co-founder of his non-profit organization Archwell. Earlier this year he joined the Aspen Institute, a US think tank that investigates misinformation and propaganda in the media, as a commissioner.

Harry and his wife, the Duchess of Sussex, announced in early 2020 that they were leaving royal duties and moving to North America in what they said were unbearable intrusions and racist behavior from the British media.

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