(Headline USA) Under normal circumstances, it might spark an international incident—or, at the very least, underscore the problem with elitist class privilege that is fomenting political divides in America and elsewhere.
But for ‘woke’ so-called liberals, it was simply a matter of noblesse oblige—fretting over whether the hoi polloi had too much unregulated free speech for their own good in a country that one of them had only recently adopted as his own.
While his disinherited ex-country hosted leftists like Nancy Pelosi and Alexandria Ocasio–Cortez on Tuesday at a climate summit in Glasgow, Britain’s Prince Harry was focusing his energies on a different global scourge: the pollution of ideas.
He said he warned the chief executive of Twitter ahead of the Jan. 6 Capitol rally that the social media site was being used to stage political unrest in Washington, DC.
Harry made the comments while taking part in an online panel on misinformation in California—a state in which it is particularly rampant.
He said he had made his concerns known via email to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey the day before the uprising at the US Capitol.
“Jack and I were emailing each other prior to Jan. 6 where I warned him that his platform was allowing a coup to be staged,” Harry claimed at the at the RE:WIRED tech forum. “That email was sent the day before and then it happened and I haven’t heard from him since.”
It is unclear how or why a foreign national would have been privvy to special information concerning US political protest about which Dorsey would have been unaware.
The last known example of British interference in a US election was the role that ex-British spy Christopher Steele played in promoting a now-debunked dossier that had been commissioned by the Hillary Clinton campaign to undermine then-candidate Donald Trump during the 2016 election.
Since then, social media sites have come under fire from the Left for supposedly not doing enough to halt the spread of misinformation and inciteful content—although the criticism often extends only to views with which they disagree.
On the Right, unreasonable censorship has been a major concern, particularly as once controversial or disputed positions censored by social media are proven to be true.
Big tech in general has been accused of putting growth and profits ahead of public safety, with much of thoe growth and profits coming from its capitulation to China and other foreign nationals at the expense of America.
Many other woke corporations have likewise found virtue-signaling to be a new form of social currency—a means to mask all manner of real-life transgressions that they commit, which the Left will happily overlook in return.
The same appears to be true for the once scandal-rocked Harry, who sowed his wild oats at drug-addled Las Vegas orgies and was once photographed dressed as a Nazi in the company of a Klansman and a person in blackface.
Yet Prince Harry can dress up as a Nazi and go out in public and not get arrested. The police state at work. pic.twitter.com/cd3RuLl0VA
— Mounting Kits-co-uk (@MountingKits) January 5, 2018
Harry also accused other social media sites like Facebook of misleading “billions of people” with COVID and climate change misinformation. He also targeted YouTube, saying many videos spreading COVID misinformation were left up despite violating the site’s own policies.
“And worse, they came to the users via the recommendation tool within YouTube’s own algorithm versus anything that the user was actually searching for,” he said. “It shows really that it can be stopped but also they didn’t want to stop it because it affects their bottom line.”
Harry and his wife, the Duchess of Sussex, announced in early 2020 that they were quitting royal duties and moving to North America, citing what they said were the unbearable intrusions and racist attitudes of the British media.
Meghan, a former star of the American TV legal drama “Suits,” married Harry, a grandson of Queen Elizabeth II, at Windsor Castle in May 2018.
Adapted from reporting by the Associated Press