Harry says he warned Twitter boss platform was being used to 'stage a coup' before January 6 riot

'Jack and I were e-mailing each other prior to January the 6th,' Prince Harry said

The Duke of Sussex has said he warned the head of Twitter his social media platform was “allowing a coup to be staged” a day before the January 6 riots at the US Capitol.

Harry made the comments while speaking at an event on misinformation in the US.

The January 6 riots in Washington DC shocked the world and were widely condemned by leaders across the political spectrum.

They started after former President Donald Trump urged his supports to prevent his opponents from "stealing" the election - following multiple false accusations of voter fraud.

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Asked if he has spoken to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg or Twitter CEO Dorsey, Harry said he warned the latter his website was facilitating a coup on the eve of the January 6 riots at the US Capitol.

“Jack and I were emailing each other prior to January 6 when I warned him his platform was allowing a coup to be staged. That email was sent the day before," Harry said.

“And then it happened and I haven’t heard from him since.”

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Speaking during an appearance on a panel discussing misinformation, Harry said issues with the media pre-dated social media.

“I learned from a very early age that the incentives of publishing are not necessarily aligned with the incentives of truth,” the duke said.

The 37-year-old, who lives in Southern California with Meghan and the couple’s two children, said the internet is “being defined by hate, division and lies”.

“That can’t be right,” he told the panel.

“Especially for anyone who has children, we’re allowing this future to be defined by the very here and now. By exactly that which is greed and profit and growth."