The Duke of Sussex has urged people in the US to “reject hate speech” and vote in the country’s upcoming presidential election.
Reflecting on the negative impact that online bullying can have on a person’s mental health, Duchess Meghan recalled the comments and headlines written about her last year being “almost unsurvivable.”
Speaking alongside her husband, Prince Harry, in an episode of the “Teenager Therapy” podcast Friday in honor of World Mental Health Day on Saturday, Meghan reflected on facing “damaging” and “manufactured” stories about herself.
“I’m told that in 2019, I was the most trolled person in the entire world, male or female,” she said. “Eight months of that, I wasn’t even visible – I was on maternity leave with a baby. But what was able to just be manufactured and churned out: It’s almost unsurvivable. That’s so big, you can’t even think of what that feels like. I don’t care if you’re 15 or you’re 25, if people are saying things about you that aren’t true, what that does to your mental and emotional health is so damaging.”
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Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan of Sussex arrive at the annual Endeavour Fund Awards in London on March 5, 2020. (Photo: Kirsty Wigglesworth, AP)
She added: “From my standpoint and part of the work that we do is from our own personal experience, being able to talk to people and understand that even though our experience is unique to us and obviously can seem very different from what people experience on the day-to-day, it’s still a human experience and that’s universal. We all know what it feels like to have our feelings hurt. We all know what it feels like to be isolated
Facebook has restricted the distribution of the page belonging to conservative talk show host Mark Levin for “repeated sharing of false news,” according to a notice from the largest social media giant Levin shared on his account on Parler.
Levin, a staunch defender of President Donald Trump and a fierce critic of the mainstream media, denies that he’s misled anyone and accused Facebook of “censorship” and “pushing a left-wing agenda.”
“Every link I post is from a legitimate source,” Levin wrote on Parler, a social media site favored by conservatives. “But because so many people are seeing what I’m posting and we’re within weeks of the election, it’s clear that Facebook is trying to influence the election’s outcome.”
It wasn’t clear which posts Facebook found objectionable. The official Facebook page for The Mark Levin Show has more than 1.5 million followers and more than 1.5 million likes. Levin has the fourth-largest audience in talk radio, according to Talker’s magazine. He also hosts Life, Liberty, and Levin on Fox
“Mark Levin is an important thought leader with broad influence and wide reach,” said Parler CEO John Matze in a press release. “Millions of Americans look to him for news and analysis. Whether one agrees with him or not, it is important that Mr. Levin’s voice be heard. Those who disagree with him should debate him and refute his arguments, not try to silence him.”
An email seeking comment from Levin via his syndicator Westwood One wasn’t answered.
Facebook came under fire in 2016 to prevent Russian hackers and other bad actors from using the site to influence the outcome of the election.