Prince Harry today helped to release a wide-ranging report on how to fight so-called fake news as part of his role as a ‘commissioner on disinformation’ with a Left-wing think tank in the US.
The Duke of Sussex is one of 15 commissioners and three co-chairmen who have conducted a six-month study into the digital ‘avalanche of misinformation’ on behalf of the Aspen Institute based in Washington DC.
And the 37-year-old royal revealed today on his Archewell website that the group has now outlined a ‘list of 15 specific recommendations for leaders to consider adopting across the public, private and non-profit sectors’.
The report calls for ‘increasing social media transparency and disclosure’, a ‘new proposal regarding social media platform immunity’ and ‘ideas for need reversing the collapse of local journalism and the erosion of trusted media’.
Other ‘solutions’ that were given in the report include pushing for ‘community-led methods for improving civic dialogue and resisting imbalances of information power’; and ‘accountability for ‘superspreaders’ of online lies’.
The duke’s push to combat fake news may raise eyebrows in some quarters, given that he and his wife Meghan Markle were accused of making various questionable statements in their bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey in March this year.
They included the claim that the couple had secretly tied the knot in the presence of the Archbishop of Canterbury three days before their official wedding at St George’s Chapel in the grounds of Windsor Castle in 2018.