Prince Harry says social media stoking 'crisis of hate'

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex attend the Endeavour Fund Awards

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Britain's Prince Harry on Thursday said social media was stoking a "crisis of hate," and he appealed to companies to rethink their roles in advertising on digital platforms.

In an opinion piece for U.S. business magazine Fast Company headlined "Social media is dividing us. Together, we can redesign it," Harry said that he and his wife, Meghan, have spent the past few weeks calling business leaders and marketing executives on the issue.

"Companies like yours have the chance to reconsider your role in funding and supporting online platforms that have contributed to, stoked, and created the conditions for a crisis of hate, a crisis of health, and a crisis of truth," wrote Harry. He did not name any companies.

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Prince Harry arrives at the ADAM Tower, in Amsterdam, on September 3, 2019, for the introduction of a project and global partnership between Booking.com, SkyScanner, CTrip, TripAdvisor and Visa, an initiative led by the Duke of Sussex to change the travel industry to better protect tourist destinations and communities that depend on it. (Photo by Frank van Beek / ANP / AFP) / Netherlands OUT (Photo credit should read FRANK VAN BEEK/AFP/Getty Images)
Sander Groet (right), a partner at the A'DAM Tower in Amsterdam greets the Duke of Sussex as he arrives for the launch of a new travel industry partnership. (Photo by Gareth Fuller/PA Images via Getty Images)
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AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - SEPTEMBER 03: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex announces a partnership between Booking.com, SkyScanner, CTrip, TripAdvisor and Visa called 'Travalyst' at A'dam Tower on September 03, 2019 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The initiative is to help transform the travel industry to better protect tourist destinations. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - SEPTEMBER 03: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex announces a partnership between Booking.com, SkyScanner, CTrip, TripAdvisor and Visa called 'Travalyst' at A'dam Tower on September 03, 2019 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The initiative is to help transform the travel industry to better protect tourist destinations. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
The Duke of Sussex at the A'DAM Tower in Amsterdam during the launch of a new travel industry partnership. (Photo by Gareth Fuller/PA Images via Getty Images)
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - SEPTEMBER 03: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex announces a partnership between Booking.com, SkyScanner, CTrip, TripAdvisor and Visa called 'Travalyst' at A'dam Tower on September 03, 2019 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The initiative is to help transform the travel industry to better protect tourist destinations. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
The Duke of Sussex meets children at Sheffield Children's Hospital in Clarkson Street, Sheffield, where he will officially open the new wing.
The Duke of Sussex arrives at Sheffield Children???s Hospital in Clarkson Street, Sheffield, where he will officially open the new wing.
The Duke of Sussex during his visit to Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, to learn about their commitment to applied learning in teaching and research.
The Duke of Sussex during his visit to Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, to learn about their commitment to applied learning in teaching and research.
The Duke of Sussex during his visit to Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield, to learn about their commitment to applied learning in teaching and research.
The Duke of Sussex plays with one year old Noah Nicholson during his visit to Sheffield Children's Hospital in Clarkson Street, Sheffield, where he officially opened the new wing.
The Duke of Sussex arrives at the English Institute of Sport Sheffield, Sheffield, where he will watch powerlifting competitors during the Invictus UK Trials.
The Duke of Sussex plays with one year old Noah Nicholson during his visit to Sheffield Children's Hospital in Clarkson Street, Sheffield, where he officially opened the new wing.
The Duke of Sussex plays with one year old Noah Nicholson during his visit to Sheffield Children's Hospital in Clarkson Street, Sheffield, where he officially opened the new wing.
The Duke of Sussex meets the hospital's mascot, Theo the bear, during his visit to Sheffield Children's Hospital in Clarkson Street, Sheffield, where he officially opened the new wing.
The Duke of Sussex arriving at the Invictus UK Trials Sheffield 2019, English Institute of Sport, Sheffield. Picture credit should read: Doug Peters/EMPICS
The Duke of Sussex leaves the English Institute of Sport Sheffield, Sheffield, where met competitors during the Invictus UK Trials.
The Duke of Sussex arriving at the Invictus UK Trials Sheffield 2019, English Institute of Sport, Sheffield. Picture credit should read: Doug Peters/EMPICS
The Duke of Sussex watches powerlifters compete during a visit to the English Institute of Sport Sheffield, Sheffield, where he will watch Powerlifting competitors during the Invictus UK Trials.
The Duke of Sussex leaves the English Institute of Sport Sheffield, Sheffield, where met competitors during the Invictus UK Trials.
The Duke of Sussex leaves the English Institute of Sport Sheffield, Sheffield, where met competitors during the Invictus UK Trials.
The Duke of Sussex meets Invictus Team UK players and their families during a visit to the English Institute of Sport Sheffield, Sheffield, where he will watch Powerlifting competitors during the Invictus UK Trials.
AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - SEPTEMBER 03: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex announces a partnership between Booking.com, SkyScanner, CTrip, TripAdvisor and Visa called 'Travalyst' at A'dam Tower on September 03, 2019 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The initiative is to help transform the travel industry to better protect tourist destinations. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
The Duke of Sussex arriving at the A'DAM Tower in Amsterdam at the launch of a new travel industry partnership. (Photo by Gareth Fuller/PA Images via Getty Images)
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Harry, the grandson of Queen Elizabeth, called for online communities to be "defined more by compassion than hate; by truth instead of misinformation; by equity and inclusiveness instead of injustice and fearmongering; by free, rather than weaponised, speech."

Harry and Meghan, formally known as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, now live in Los Angeles after stepping down from their royal roles in March to forge new careers. They moved out of the UK after growing media hostility.

In a speech last month, Meghan urged teen girls and young women to drown out sometimes "painfully loud" negative online chatter with positivity.

Harry in his opinion piece urged companies to use their advertising dollars "to demand change from the very places that give a safe haven and vehicle of propagation to hate and division."

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