Meghan Markle has spoken out about the dangers of ‘loud and damaging bad voices’ on social media, as she and Harry warned of the ‘global crisis of misinformation’.

The Duchess of Sussex, 39, told how it can be ‘overwhelming’ navigating the online space, having previously likened social media obsession to drug addiction. Meghan said she quit her own social accounts for self preservation.

Harry, 36, and Meghan hosted a special edition of Time100 Talks from their mansion in Santa Barbara, California, to discuss how to create a safer digital world.

The couple discussed how the internet has impacted issues including race and gender equality, climate change, and mental health.



Speaking of the damaging effects of social media, Meghan said: ‘The good outweighs the bad, but my goodness the bad can be so loud.’

Harry added: ‘There’s an overwhelming desire for everybody out there for truth, because there is so much information being thrown around from one side to the other.

‘What is happening in the online world is affecting the world.

‘It is not restricted to certain platforms or certain social media conversations or groups.

‘This is a global crisis – a global crisis of hate, a global crisis of misinformation, and a global health crisis.’

Although the couple admitted they ‘don’t speak tech’, they understand the ‘pain and suffering and joy that has come from this worldwide web’.

Meghan spent many years posting on platforms such as Instagram but told Fortune associate editor, Emma Hinchcliffe, that she has not been on social media for a ‘very long time’. However, the Duke and Duchess did continue their official Sussex Royal account.

Harry and Meghan – who quit as senior members of the Royal Family in January – also opened up about ‘embracing every moment’ with son Archie during the coronavirus crisis.

Speaking to Time editor-in-chief, Edward Felsenthal, Meghan said: ‘We are trying to embrace all the quality time we get with our son and embrace every moment of his growth and development.’

When asked how they are doing, Harry responded ‘good’, adding: ‘There’s a lot of stuff to be focused on, a lot of work.

‘This is an opportunity to spend more time as a family than we probably would otherwise.’

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