Prince Harry releases 15-point action plan to defeat fake news

The Duke of Sussex has helped launch a report aimed at tackling the "disinformation crisis" which he says "is a global humanitarian issue".

The Duke, who has previously voiced his concerns about an "avalanche of misinformation" caused by digital media, was involved in a six-month study on the state of the media in the US conducted by the Aspen Institute’s new Commission on Information Disorder.

A statement on the Archewell website says the group has issued 15 recommendations "for leaders to consider adopting across the public, private, and non-profit sectors".

The statement says the work has been driven by a need to find solutions to the rapid rise of misinformation in recent years that has "harmed communities, and impacted our democracies".

Increased social media transparency and disclosure is needed, it adds.

Last week during an appearance on a panel discussing misinformation, the Duke, 37 – who lives in Southern California with Meghan and the couple’s two children, said the internet is "being defined by hate, division and lies".

The Duke also said he warned Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey his platform was allowing a coup to be staged against the US a day before the January 6 riots.

The Duke has recently attacked online media for peddling lies about vaccine conspiracies (below).

The report calls for "a new proposal regarding social media platform immunity" and ideas are needed to reverse the collapse of local journalism and the erosion of trusted media.

It also calls for community-led methods for improving civic dialogue and resisting imbalances of information power – and there should be accountability for "superspreaders" of online lies.

Of the report, the Duke said: "For the better part of a year, we at the Aspen Commission have met regularly to debate, discuss, and draft solutions to the mis- and disinformation crisis, which is a global humanitarian issue.

"I hope to see the substantive and practical recommendations of our Commission taken up by the tech industry, the media industry, by policymakers, and leaders. This affects not some of us, but all of us."

A letter from the co-chairs of the Aspen Commission report, which includes US journalist Katie Couric, at the start of the report states: "Information disorder makes any health crisis more deadly. It slows down our response time on climate change. It undermines democracy.

"It creates a culture in which racist, ethnic, and gender attacks are seen as solutions, not problems.

"Today, mis- and disinformation have become a force multiplier for exacerbating our worst problems as a society. Hundreds of millions of people pay the price, every single day, for a world disordered by lies."

The recommendations have been broken down into a number of key areas focusing on increasing transparency, building trust and reducing harm.

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