October 31, 2020

Meghan Markle blasts social media as ‘like drug abuse’ and says she deleted her own accounts in ‘self-preservation’

Meghan Markle blasts social media as ‘like drug abuse’ and says she deleted her own accounts in ‘self-preservation’

MEGHAN Markle has slammed social media as an addiction and obsession as she blasted online abuse.

The Duchess of Sussex likened those on social media to drug addicts during a 15-minute speech at an online conference costing a whopping $1,750 (£1,342) per ticket for guests to log on.

The Duchess of Sussex said she has concerns for people obsessed with social media

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The Duchess of Sussex said she has concerns for people obsessed with social media

Meghan, 39, said: “I have for my own self-preservation not been on social media for a very long time. I had a personal account years ago which I closed down.

“Then we had one through the institution in our office in the UK. That wasn’t managed by us, that was a whole team.

“That comes with the territory for the job, I have made a personal choice to not have any account so I don’t know what’s out there and for many ways that’s helpful for me.

“I have a lot of concerns for people that have become obsessed with it and so much a part of our daily culture for so many people that it’s an addiction, like many others very things in this world.

Meghan said she has not been on social media for a long time

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Meghan said she has not been on social media for a long time

“People who are addicted to drugs are users and people who are on social media are called users.

“And there is something in there algorithmically creating this obsession that I think is very unhealthy for people.”

Wearing a blue and white dress and with her hair tied back, Meg said: “If you don’t agree with [something], don’t be part of the problem, be part of the solution.

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“Don’t, hate share – share something from the right side of the issue so that that’s what goes viral.” 

On theme of “amplifying only the positive” she added: “You don’t reward bad behaviour with your dog, so you shouldn’t do it with anything else.”

Prince Harry and Meghan recently spoke Nobel Prize laureate Malala Yousefzai

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Prince Harry and Meghan recently spoke Nobel Prize laureate Malala YousefzaiCredit: BackGrid

Meghan recommended remembering the phrase “My faith is greater than my fear” when taking action.

She was quizzed during a 15-minute web interview screened online for Fortune Most Powerful Women Next Gen Virtual Summit.

The online chat comes three weeks after an earlier ‘Next Gen’ summit when she denied being “inflammatory”.

Last night’s webinar was billed as ‘One on One: Courageous Leadership’, with Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex.

The chat advertising Meg’s talk last night read: “How do you lead with your values? We are joined by Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, who shares how she’s learned to, in her words, chase her convictions with action.” 

Last week Meghan and Harry spoke to Nobel Prize laureate Malala Yousefzai, 23, who was shot and left for dead by the Taliban for wanting to go to school.

It came days after the duchess said she was the “most trolled person in the world” last year and the online abuse was “almost unsurvivable”.

Harry and Meghan stepped down as senior royals at the end of March.

They moved into a $14million mansion in Montecito, California.