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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have warned of a “global crisis” of misinformation spreading online as they described the world’s “overwhelming desire” for truth.

Harry and Meghan told how the internet affected critical issues such as racial justice, gender equity, climate change and mental health.

The couple discussed how to create a safer digital world as part of Time100 Talks.

Meghan said: “It was only in the past couple of years we both started to connect the dots.

“All the work I was doing on women’s empowerment or young girls and their sense of self worth, and seeing what the online spaces were doing to that community.”

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On the effects it had on campaigns he was passionate about, such as the environment, Harry said: “What I see is the digital space hampering the progress that needs to be made.

“This misinformation that seems to snowball from one place that is the online space and then ending up in our physical world, a lot of the time we don’t know where it comes from, we don’t know how to trace it back.”

He said the media’s role is “absolutely vital” in everything that is going on in the world, adding: “It always has been and always will be.

“I think there’s a huge amount of trust that we all put into media and digital platforms that sometimes is undermined.”

The duke continued: “There’s an overwhelming desire for everybody out there for truth, because there is so much information being thrown around from one side to the other.

“What is happening in the online world is affecting the world.

“It is not restricted to certain platforms or certain social media conversations or groups.

“This is a global crisis – a global crisis of hate, a global crisis of misinformation, and a global health crisis.”

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex with their baby son, who was born on Monday morning, during a photocall in St George’s Hall at Windsor Castle in Berkshire

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Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex kisses his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex as they leave from the West Door of St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle

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Meghan Markle walks down the aisle in St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor

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Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex (L) and US fiancee of Britain’s Prince Harry Meghan Markle stand together hand in hand at the High Altar during their wedding ceremony in St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle kiss on the steps of St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle after their wedding in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle on May 19, 2018

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, leaving Windsor Castle after their wedding to attend an evening reception at Frogmore House, hosted by the Prince of Wales

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Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend the Australian Geographic Society Awards to present youth awards to honour the highest achievements in conservation and adventure at the Grand Ballroom, Shangri-La Hotel in Sydney on October 26, 2018.

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Meghan, Duchess of Sussex poses during a Welcome Event at Admiralty House on October 16, 2018 in Sydney, Australia

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Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex talk to members of OneWave, an awareness group for mental health and wellbeing at South Bondi Beach on October 19, 2018 in Sydney, Australia

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Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex walk down to Bondi Beach on October 19, 2018 in Sydney, Australia

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Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visits the University of the South Pacific on October 24, 2018 in Suva, Fij

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Prince Harry, Duke of SussexÊandÊMeghan, Duchess of Sussex Applauding the Netherlands and United States of American teams in the Wheelchair Basketball Gold metal macth after Unted States won gold during day eight of the Invictus Games Sydney 2018 at on October 27, 2018 in Sydney, Australi

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Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex visit Redwoods Tree Walk on October 31, 2018 in Rotorua, New Zealand

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Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex arrives for a visit to the Mayhew, an animal welfare charity on January 16, 2019 in London

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The Duchess of Sussex helps style Patsy Wardally during her visit to Smart Works

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive for a visit to the Bristol Old Vic theatre, which is undergoing a multi-millionpound restoration in February 2019

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex pictured in March 2019

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Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, attend the WE Day UK event at the SSE Arena in Wembley,

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The Duke and Duchess of Sussex leave following a Commonwealth Service at Westminster Abbey

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Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrives for the Commonwealth Day Youth Event with Prince Harry, at Canada House in London

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Message written on fruit by the Duchess of Sussex when she was helping to prepare food parcels to go in the charity outreach van during her visit to One25, a charity specialising in helping women to break free from street sex work, addiction and other life-controlling issues

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Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrive for a reception hosted by the British Ambassador to Morocco at the British Residence during the second day of their tour of Morocco on February 24, 2019 in Rabat, Morocco

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The duchess said: “It can feel really overwhelming to try to understand all the nuance of what happens online.

“It is all-encompassing and it affects us at a multi-faceted level.”

The couple described how they have spoken to professors and experts in the field, some of whom they consider friends, to share ideas on how to make the online space “healthier and better for all of us”.

One of those people is Reddit co-founder and founder of 776 Alexis Ohanian – husband to tennis star Serena Williams – who was interviewed by Meghan during the discussion.

In June this year, Mr Ohanian announced his resignation from the board of the social media site, and urged the company to replace him with a black candidate.

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He told Meghan he “made the right choice” for his mixed-race daughter Alexis Olympia Ohanian, but that he still received hate mail over it.

“I hope that this is really a first step for me to try and just be more deliberate in the work that I’m doing, and frankly more effective in the work that I’m doing, to create a better future for my daughter and lots of other people who look like her,” he said.

“Companies are going to be more successful the more diversity they have, because that means a broader range of ideas.”

The duchess agreed with this sentiment and described how they shared a similar experience with raising mixed race children.

“I’m sorry to hear you’re still receiving hate mail, I know we have shared experiences in being in an interracial marriage and raising small children who are mixed race and how that plays into that,” she said.

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