Meghan Markle and Prince Harry hosted an episode of TIME100 talks this evening and during the video call the Duchess broke her silence on social media critics. The former Suits actress said the impact of trolling can impact every one of us at a “deeper level”.
Meghan made the remarks when chatting to Alexis Ohanian, who spent 15 years building the Reddit platform.
When talking about comments posted online, Meghan said: “The good outweigh the bad but my goodness, the bad can be so loud.”
She went on to say: “We haven’t begun to realise the legacy all of these platforms are doing to us on a deeper level.
“We’re in it now but have a chance to get out of it.”
Mr Ohanian said that the internet can be great for uniting people and creating community, such as LGBT, but then said it can unite negativity too.
He also admitted that investing in tools to reduce “toxicity” is something the industry “put off” for a long time.
Alexis said that there should be more responsibility on platforms to decide what they want to allow on there.
Meghan also brought up the case of a YouTube employee who has filed for PTSE because of stress in the workplace.
She said the news really struck her and called for more support in this area.
The TIME100 Talks that the couple appeared tonight was focused on the state of our digital experience, with the pair highlighting the impact of social media and misinformation.
The episode, themed around the topic of “Engineering a Better World”, coincides with the Sussexes desire to create a safer, more compassionate and trustworthy space online.
When discussing the role of the media with Time Editor in Chief Edward Felsenthal, Harry said: “The media’s role is absolutely vital in everything that’s going on.”
He suggested the importance of the media has been elevated in recent times, due to the public desire to know the truth.
The online chat, which started at 6pm GMT, has had a number of guest speakers, which include Mr Ohanian, who is married to tennis star Serena Williams, a good friend of Meghan’s and Rappler CEO and executive editor Maria Ressa.
TIME said ahead of the talk: “The Duke and Duchess will make opening and closing remarks, lead conversations, and discuss creating safe, trustworthy and compassionate online communities with TIME editor in chief and CEO Edward Felsenthal during the show.”
Dan Macsai, TIME executive editor and editorial director of the TIME100, said: “The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, both TIME100 alumni, are among the most influential voices in the world.
“We look forward to working with them to elevate essential voices and highlight real solutions to some of the most pressing issues of our time.”