The Duke of Sussex helped produce a report aimed at tackling the “disinformation crisis” which he believes is “a global humanitarian problem”.
Harry, who previously voiced his concern about an “avalanche of misinformation” caused by digital media, was involved in a six-month study of the state of the media in the United States by the Aspen Institute’s new Commission on Information Disorder.
A statement posted on Archewell’s website said the group issued 15 recommendations “that public, private and nonprofit executives should consider”.
The statement said that the work was driven by the need to find solutions to the rapid rise in misinformation in recent years that has “harmed communities and affected our democracies”.
There is a need for increased transparency and disclosure on social media, she added.
The report also calls for “a new proposal on social media platform immunity” and ideas are needed to reverse the collapse of local journalism and the erosion of trusted media.
It also calls for community-led methods of improving citizens’ dialogue and addressing imbalances in information power – and accountability for “super-disseminators” of online lies.
Commenting on the report, Harry said, “For most of the year, we in the Aspen Commission have met regularly to debate, discuss and devise solutions to the misinformation crisis, which is a global humanitarian problem.
“I hope that the substantive and practical recommendations of our commission will be taken up by the technology industry, the media industry, political decision-makers and executives. That doesn’t affect some of us, it affects all of us. “
Last week, Harry, 37, who lives in Southern California with Meghan and the couple’s two children, said during an appearance on a panel discussion about misinformation that the internet “is defined by hatred, division and lies.”
Harry also said he warned Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey that his platform would allow a coup against the United States a day before the January 6 riot.
A letter from the co-chairs of the Aspen Commission’s report, which includes US journalist Katie Couric, stated at the beginning of the report: “Information disruption makes any health crisis deadlier. It slows our response time to climate change. It undermines democracy.
“It creates a culture where racial, ethnic and gender-based attacks are viewed as solutions, not problems.
“Today, misinformation and disinformation has become a force multiplier that exacerbates our worst problems as a society. Hundreds of millions of people pay the price every day for a world riddled with lies. “
The recommendations have been broken down into a number of key areas that focus on increasing transparency, building trust and reducing harm.
It also states that platforms should also disclose certain categories of private information to qualified academic researchers, as long as the information respects user privacy, does not compromise the integrity of the platform, and remains in the public interest.
Suggestions include asking social media companies to regularly disclose vital information about every digital ad and paid post running on their platforms.
Workforce diversity, local media investments, and improving US electoral security – along with improved education, transparency, and resilience – are seen as opportunities that could help build confidence.
Among the other commissioners is Kathryn Murdoch, wife of Rupert Murdoch’s son James.
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