Prince Harry has been known for years to call the British press “toxic”. And once again, he comes down on them to give life to the term “Megxit” – referring to a hashtag that rose in popularity when Harry and Meghan Markle decided to step down from their royal duties. According to the Duke of Sussex, the media-favored word stems from misogyny and online hatred from people who oppose the couple and their choices.
“Maybe people know this, and maybe they do not, but the term Megxit was or is a misogynistic term, and it was created by a troll, reinforced by royal correspondents, and it grew and grew and grew into mainstream media,” he said. he as a panel guest at Wired’s Re: Wired conference. Vanity Fair reported on the “ugly origin story” behind the misogynistic word in 2020. Although some may think the term was simply invented as a game about Brexit, the word is actually over two years old and rooted in the darkest parts of the internet.
Harry also explained how hate speech about the Sussex finds its way around the internet – specifically through a hate campaign discovered on Twitter – and referred to a recent Bot Sentinel study to prove his point. “More than 70 per cent of the hate speeches about my wife were driven by fewer than 50 accounts, and perhaps the most disturbing part of this was the number of British journalists interacting with them and reinforcing the lies,” he continued. “But they forsake these lies as truth.” He also touched on the dangers of misinformation and how its origins extend beyond the internet. “This problem did not occur on social media and you do not have to be online to be affected by it,” he said. “I learned from an early age that the incentives for publishing are not in line with the incentives of truth.”
Harry and Meghan both chose to move away from social media after ending their Instagram back in March 2020. Meghan has previously stated that they can return to social media, “when it feels right for us,” and said ” perhaps when we see more meaningful commitments to change or reform. “
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