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Sarah, also known as Fergie to her friends and fans, has called the online space an “unregulated Wild West.” The Duchess of York said her harsh internet outlook was “strengthened” after reading false allegations about her charity work and offensive comments about her in the comments section of an online article.
In an impassioned editorial for The Spectator, Fergie wrote: “On social media in particular, people seem emboldened to come up with things they wouldn’t think of saying face to face.
“The online world may have revolutionized the way we communicate, but it has become a sewer.”
The Duchess went on to say that this climate in the virtual world left her deeply worried for her daughters Beatrice and Eugenie.
She said: “After 35 years in the public eye, I have learned to take it on the chin, but I am concerned about the effect of this online culture on my daughters, and more broadly, on all of our children. .
Sarah Ferguson called the online space an ‘unregulated Wild West’
Sarah Ferguson said she worried about the effect online hate can have on her daughters
“I find it appalling that people spend so much time and energy being so cruel to others.
“We have to teach our children that the internet has a dark side and that very often people are not kind to each other.”
Sarah had previously discussed online trolling and its impact on her beloved children earlier this year.
In September, she wrote an open letter to Beatrice and Eugenie, in which she expressed her pride for her daughters, who she said grew up to be exceptional people and mothers despite the adversities they faced.
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The letter, published by Good Housekeeping, read: “You both have resisted the cruelty of cyberbullying, keyboard warriors and social media trolling.
“You have withstood such adversity.
“Whatever you are faced with, you always stay in tune with life.”
Fergie isn’t the first member to speak out about online trolls and the dangerous online space.
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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have spoken openly about online disinformation and trolling over the past few months.
In addition, their Archewell Foundation has partnered with the Center for Humane Technology, which is dedicated to radically reinventing our digital infrastructure.
Together, they worked “on dialogues that create the conditions for safer and more compassionate online communities,” as explained on the Archewell website.
Prince Harry has spoken particularly in recent months on the need to change the digital landscape and make social media platforms safer and the companies behind them more accountable for shared content.
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In August 2020, he accused online platforms of having stoked and created the conditions “for a crisis of hate, a crisis of health and a crisis of truth”.
To reverse this situation, he called on business leaders to use their advertising dollars as leverage to demand changes on these platforms.
In November of this year, he participated in a virtual panel called The Internet Lie Machine as part of Wired magazine’s RE: WIRED conference.
There, he called disinformation a “global humanitarian crisis” which should also be tackled by journalists, publishers and advertisers in their industry.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have spoken out against online disinformation
He said: “It’s not about telling people to stop using the platforms.
“I think that would be impossible given how addictive they are… I firmly believe that collectively, as human beings, we have the capacity to effect change within the systems in which we operate.
“People now, more than ever, want and need the truth.
“They want and need trust, and they want and need transparency.”