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Barack Obama Gets Interviewed by Prince Harry

The buzzy royal (and recently engaged), Prince Harry, talks about the corrosiveness of social media in new interview.
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Following his highly public Christmas activities with new American finance Meghan Markle, Prince Harry sat down with former President Barack Obama for the BBC4’s “Today” program, which was being guest edited by the royal. While neither mention Donald Trump by name, the reality star-turned-politician loomed largely, especially during Obama’s talk about the civil discourse corrosiveness of social media. Trump is a regular and controversial user of Twitter.

 

“One of the dangers of the internet is that people can have entirely different realities. They can be cocooned in information that reinforces their current biases,” he said, adding “the question has to do with how do we harness this technology in a way that allows a multiplicity of voices, allows a diversity of views, but doesn’t lead to a Balkanization of society and allows ways of finding common ground.”

 

Like many Americans, Prince Harry was also curious about Obama’s mindset during the Inauguration Ceremony, where he stayed calm and composed, after an upsetting loss for his Democratic Party. “The first thing that went through my mind was sitting across from Michelle, how thankful I was that she had been my partner through that whole process…concerns about how the country moves forward but, you know, overall there was serenity there." 

 

Watch the full interview below. 

BBC4

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