Prince Harry Says He Warned Jack Dorsey Twitter Was Being Used to Plot Jan 6 Riot
'Jack and I were emailing each other prior to 6 January'
Prince Harry claimed he warned Twitter’s CEO Jack Dorsey that “coup” plotters were using his platform ahead of the January 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol.
The royal said he never received a reply from Dorsey.
"Jack and I were emailing each other prior to 6 January, I warned him that his platform was allowing a coup to be staged," the Duke of Sussex said.
"That email was sent the day before, and then it happened, and I haven’t heard from him since."
Harry was speaking in a Wired magazine event titled “The Internet Lie Machine” which was billed as exploring “the real cost of a lie on the internet to ourselves, our communities (and) our societies."
Harry also compared misinformation and hatred on social media with the British media's treatment of his mother, Princess Diana, and wife, Meghan Markle.
Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, revealed at the #REWIRED2021 conference today that he had emailed Twitter CEO @Jack Dorsey prior to the Capitol riots on January 6th to warn him that “his platform was allowing a coup to be staged." https://t.co/xpBRCCFzlr pic.twitter.com/LFDZPTPCZt— WIRED (@WIRED) November 10, 2021
He then accused new outlets of running a “digital dictatorship,” claiming “pirates with press cards who have hijacked the most powerful industry in the world.”
The royal then said nobody is safe from misinformation being spread online:
I learned from a very early age that the incentives of publishing are not necessarily aligned with the incentives of truth… I lost my mother to this self-manufactured rabidness, and I’m determined not to lose the mother of my children to the same thing, this self-manufactured rabidness.
I said many months ago, ‘they won’t stop until she’s dead. That was more of a warning, not a challenge, and the scale of the misinformation now is terrifying. No one’s safe from it, no one is protected from it. You can’t hide from it. And we continue to see lives ruined, families destroyed.
Harry claimed the term “Megxit," which was used to describe his and his wife's decision to quit Royal duties, as a misogynistic term.
Earlier this year, Harry was ordered to avoid criticizing Democrat Joe Biden while commenting on the crisis in Afghanistan.
A Royal insider said Harry was advised to be careful what he says amid the growing political tensions following the US withdrawal from Afghanistan.
"It’s a big crisis, and it would be a reasonable assumption that any birthday initiative might be linked to Afghanistan and the refugee crisis," he said.
"Harry and Meghan seem to see their future in the US, and Harry will have to watch what he says about US domestic matters, especially as it's been speculated that Meghan is eyeing up a future in politics."
Last month, the couple was criticized for wading into the Afghanistan crisis with a woke "word salad" statement, in which they said they were "speechless" and feeling "the many layers of pain."