- Meghan Markle has been accused of copying quotes from the Netflix documentary “The Social Dilemma” during an appearance at a Fortune summit.
- Markle compared social media to drug addiction during the virtual appearance.
- “People who are addicted to drugs are called users and people who are on social media are called users,” he said.
- Some drew a line between Markle’s comments and this statement made in the documentary: “There are only two industries that call their customers ‘users’: illegal drugs and software.”
- Markle has yet to officially respond to the allegations, although Harry said he and the Duchess “absolutely adore” Tristan Harris, a computer scientist who appeared in the documentary.
Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, has been accused of copying ideas from the Netflix documentary “The Social Dilemma.”
Speaking at the Summit of the most powerful women of the new generation of Fortune Earlier this week, Markle made a comparison between social media and drug addiction, noting that the term “users” is used for both.
“I have a lot of concerns for people who have become obsessed with it,” the Duchess said on social media during the summit. “And it is such an important part of our daily culture for so many people that it is an addiction, like many others.”
“There are very few things in this world where the person who relates to them is called ‘user’,” he continued. “People who are addicted to drugs are called users and people who are on social media are called users.”
The Daily Mail Y The Sun They were among the first posts to establish a connection between Meghan Markle’s words and this quote featured in the Netflix documentary: “There are only two industries that call their customers ‘users’: illegal drugs and software.”
The quote is attributed in the documentary to Edward Tufte, a statistician and emeritus professor of political science, statistics and computer science at Yale University.
“The Social Dilemma” also points to the way algorithms are designed to promote addiction by embodying the concept. The documentary gives life to three characters who manipulate what the user sees to keep them on social networks for a long time.
“There is something algorithmically creating this obsession that I think is unhealthy for a lot of people,” Markle said of social media software during the summit.
A synopsis provided by Netflix describes the documentary as a “documentary-drama hybrid” that “explores the dangerous human impact of social media, with tech experts raising the alarm about their own creations.”
However, calling social media and “addiction” is not new. While Markle’s quote was similar to the wording used in the Netflix documentary, the concept that these are addictive has been around for much longer.
Prince harry made a similar comparison during a mental health conference last year and said, “Growing up in today’s world, social media is more addictive than drugs and alcohol.”
However, it’s worth noting that experts in the field have disputed claims like these in the past.
Scientific researcher Amy Orben said in 2018 that there is no evidence to equate social media and hard drugs like cocaine, previously reported Isobel Asher Hamilton de Business Insider.
While the Duchess has yet to officially respond to the reports, a source close to Harry and Markle told Insider that the pair “have mentioned before that they are close to Tristan Harris,” a computer scientist who appeared in the documentary.
During a video call with leaders of the Queen’s Commonwealth Trust in August, Prince Harry responded to one of the participants who mentioned Harris during the conversation.
“I love the fact that you are quoting Brené Brown and also mentioning Tristan Harris because they are two people we also adore,” said Harry, according to Town and Country.
“We love them,” added Markle.
Harris will be featured alongside the Duke and Duchess of Sussex at Time 100 Talks on Tuesday, a series of virtual conversations about the “state of our shared digital experience,” according to a press release obtained by Insider.
The Duke and Duchess are the co-hosts of the event.
Netflix representatives Tristan Harris and “The Social Dilemma” did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
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