Prince Harry helped release today’s wide-ranging report about how to combat fake news in his capacity as a “commissioner of disinformation” with a left-leaning think tank in the US.

The Duke of Sussex was one of three co-chairmen, along with 15 other commissioners, who conducted six months of research into digital misinformation for Aspen Institute in Washington DC.

Today, the royal aged 37 revealed on Archewell that the group now has a “list of 15 specific recommendations” for leaders in the non-profit and public sectors.

The report calls for ‘increasing social media transparency and disclosure’, a ‘new proposal regarding social media platform immunity’ and ‘ideas for need reversing the collapse of local journalism and the erosion of trusted media’.

The report also suggested other’solutions’, such as promoting ‘community-led methods to improve civic dialogue and resisting information imbalances’ and accountability for the’superspreaders of online lies’. 

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive at the Intrepid Sea, Air, & Space Museum in New York City on November 10

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex arrive at the Intrepid Sea, Air, & Space Museum in New York City on November 10

Prince Harry worked with the Aspen Institute in a role as a 'commissioner on disinformation' to fight so-called fake news

 Prince Harry worked with the Aspen Institute in a role as a ‘commissioner on disinformation’ to fight so-called fake news

Prince Harry has worked with Kathryn Murdoch, the wife of James Murdoch (together) who is the son of Rupert Mudoch

Prince Harry has worked with Kathryn Murdoch, the wife of James Murdoch (together) who is the son of Rupert Mudoch

Harry today stated that: “For over a year we, the Aspen Commission, have met frequently to debate, discuss, draft, and solve the worldwide humanitarian crisis of mis-and disinformation.”

“I would like to see policymakers and leaders take up the practical and substantive recommendations made by our Commission,” said a member of the Tech Industry Association. It does not affect just one of us.

Aspen Commission on Information Disorder: What does the report say?

Here is an overview of what the Aspen Institute’s Commission on Information Disorder has recommended, as it appears on the Archewell site:



  1. Protect journalists and researchers who infringe platform terms by conducting responsible research on civic data.
  2. Provide platforms with the ability to share certain types of personal data to academic researchers. This is provided that user privacy is maintained and it remains in public interest.


All social media platforms must make it a law requirement to publish content regularly, including source accounts, reach, impression, and reach data, for any posts they deliver organically to large audiences.


Social media platforms must disclose details about content moderation policies, practices, and create a temporary archive of moderated material in a standardized format that is available to authorized researchers.


Social media platforms must disclose in a standard format key information regarding every paid and digital advertisement that they run on their sites.



Endorse efforts that focus on exposing how historical and current imbalances of power, access, and equity are manufactured and propagated further with mis- and disinformation — and on promoting community-led solutions to forging social bonds.


Establish and expand communication platforms, networks, tools and platforms designed to help bridge the divides and build empathy.


As a way to reduce misinformation from disconnected and uninformed centers of power, increase transparency and investment in social media platforms companies.


Promote long-term investments in local journalism to inform and empower citizens, especially those in the most marginalized or underserved areas.


Promote new norms in order to establish personal and professional consequences for people who are willing to violate the public trust, and abuse their privilege to harm other members of the community.


Improve U.S. election security and restore voter confidence with improved education,transparency, and resiliency.

Recommendations for reducing harms


Create a strategic strategy for countering misinformation and spreading it. This includes a centralized national response strategy. The Executive Branch is also given clear roles and responsibilities. We identified any gaps in our capabilities and authorities.


Establish an independent body with the mandate of developing systemic misinformation countermeasures through education and research.


Online education platforms and products should be innovative to improve users’ resilience and awareness to internet misinformation.


Hold superspreaders of mis- and disinformation to account with clear, transparent, and consistently applied policies that enable quicker, more decisive actions and penalties, commensurate with their impacts — regardless of location, or political views, or role in society.


  1. You can withdraw your immunity from paid promotion and/or post-promotion of content.
  2. Eliminate immunity in relation to product feature implementation, recommendation engines and design.

The summary report was divided into two parts on the Archewell site: one dealing with recommendations to increase transparency and another to build trust.

It recommended that the transparent section be amended to include ‘protections for journalists and researchers who violate the platform terms of services by conducting responsible research on civic data’.

The platform should also disclose certain types of personal data to academic researchers, provided that the research does not compromise user privacy and is in the public’s best interests.

It was also stated that all social media platforms must’regularly post the content, source accounts reach, impression and reach data for posts they organically deliver large audiences to’.

Furthermore, it said social media platforms should have to ‘disclose information about their content moderation policies and practices, and produce a time-limited archive of moderated content in a standardised format, available to authorised researchers’.

The report also stated that advert transparency should include requiring social media companies to disclose key information in a uniform format about all digital ads and paid posts they run on their platforms.

In the second section on recommendations to build trust, the report referred to endorsing ‘efforts that focus on exposing how historical and current imbalances of power, access, and equity are manufactured and propagated further with mis- and disinformation — and on promoting community-led solutions to forging social bonds’.

The book also discussed the development and scaling of ‘communication networks, tools, and platforms that can be used to bridge gaps, foster empathy and build trust between communities.

According to the report, workplace diversity is addressed by: ‘Increase transparency and investment to increase diversity at social media platform company and news media to reduce misinformation from uninformed or disconnected centres of power.

It also called for substantial long-term investments in “local journalism that informs, empowers, and supports citizens, particularly in marginalised and underserved communities”.

It was also suggested that the US should ‘improve election security’ and restore voter trust through improved education, transparency, and resilience.

And the report said: ‘Hold superspreaders of mis- and disinformation to account with clear, transparent, and consistently applied policies that enable quicker, more decisive actions and penalties, commensurate with their impacts — regardless of location, or political views, or role in society.’

Finaly, the report recommended amendments to section 23 of the Communications Decency Act 1996 (USA): “Withdraw platform immune for content that has been promoted by paid advertising or promotion.” Removing immunity in relation to product features, recommendation engines and design. 

Harry was recruited by the think-tank to conduct a study about ‘information disorder’ funded in part by a controversial billionaire.

Craig Newmark (US entrepreneur) is funding it. Craig Newmark founded Craigslist. After hundreds of crimes were discovered through Craigslist’s classified advertisements website, Craig Newmark was called a cesspool’.

These included the women who were exploited during the pandemic’s’sex-for-rent’ scandal. Craigslist is accused of taking down classified advertisements that they use to keep afloat in the United States.

Harry may not be receiving reimbursements or being paid for his work with the organization. Harry is a part-time philanthropic leader, but it is believed that he was involved in regular meetings.

Kathryn Murdoch is on the commission. James Murdoch, the media mogul’s son, is his wife. He resigned last summer from Rupert Murdoch, who was running a hugely profitable media empire that included titles like The Sun, which Harry is now suing over alleged phone hacking.

James Murdoch was made to resign in the wake the scandal of phone hacking after defending British newspapers owned by his father.

He accused media property owners of spreading disinformation. His wife Kathryn has been a critic of Donald Trump for the past few years, while he reinvented himself as Washington’s ‘power couple’.

Aspen Institute, one of America’s most well-known and financially sound think-tanks is funded by wealthy donors as well as big companies like Facebook. 

The organization claims its purpose is to create a free, just and equitable society. It is supported by billionaire trustees.  

Walter Paepcke from Chicago, an entrepreneur, established the foundation after he had visited Aspen Colorado in 1945.

He made Aspen his venue for the celebration of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s 200th birthday four years later and founded the Aspen Institute.

In January, it launched the Commission on Information Disorder after being given £2.4million by Mr Newmark.

In March, it was announced that the Commission would be co-chaired by three people including former ABC, CBS and NBC anchor Katie Couric. In her new memoir, Ms Couric has admitted to editing out Ruth Bader Ginsburg's controversial comments from their 2016 interview (pictured) to 'protect' the late Supreme Court Justice

It was revealed that three former ABC, CBS, and NBC anchors would co-chair the Commission. Couric, in her memoir, has confessed to having edited out Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s comments during their 2016 interview (pictured), to “protect” the late Supreme Court Justice.

The commission is being funded by American billionaire entrepreneur Craig Newmark, who founded Craigslist

Craig Newmark, an American billionaire entrepreneur who co-founded Craigslist, is financing the commission.

The Aspen Institute is one of America's best known, and best funded think tanks. Its HQ in Washington DC is pictured

One of America’s most well-known and financially supported think tanks, the Aspen Institute, is a landmark. The Aspen Institute’s Washington DC headquarters is shown in the following image

This commission’s purpose is to examine the country’s information crisis, especially after the January 6th storming at the US Capitol Building.

Prince Harry and who is on the Aspen Panel

Three co-chairs led the Commission on Information Disorder of Aspen Institute, Washington.

Katie Couric: Journalist and author who was the first woman to anchor a network evening news show by herself. Her work included NBC, CBS, ABC and Stand Up To Cancer.

Chris KrebsA former head of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, who was soon fired in November after declaring that the US election was, contrary to Donald Trump’s claims, the’most secure’ ever.

Rashad RobinsonColor Of Change is a leader in racial justice and has been credited with enabling tech platforms to support anti-racist projects.

THere are the other 14 commissioners, plus Prince Harry:

Marla Blow Chief operating officer of the Skoll Foundation which invests in social entrepreneurs. Her previous experience includes the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth, where she was responsible for promoting an inclusive economy.

aron FordNevada Attorney General has been serving in the state and local governments for almost a decade. Recent work included promoting state election integrity in 2020 and the safety of Covid-19 shots.

Sue Gordon: US National Security leader, CIA officer for 30 years who specialised in science and technology. Donald Trump’s key adviser.

Yasmin-GreenDirector of research and developing for Jigsaw (a division within Alphabet Inc) who is involved in combating online radicalisation. 

Will It HurtResigned recently after serving six years in Congress. He was primarily focused on cybersecurity, and other emerging technologies. An ex-CIA officer in clandestine operations.

Jameel Jaffer: A security expert who used to be a member of the American Civil Liberties Union and is now the executive director at the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University.

Garry KasparovRussian-born ex-world chess champion, now living in New York. He is the founder and chair of the Human Rights Foundation and the Renew Democracy Initiative.

Herb Lin: Senior researcher at Stanford for Cyber Policy and Security, Information Warfare Expert.

Kathryn Murdoch: Climate activist, founder of Quadrivium grants-making foundation, and daughter-inlaw to Rupert Murdoch by her marriage James Murdoch, his son.

Safiya Umoja Noble: Co-founder of UCLA Center for Critical Internet Inquiry.

Deb Roy Expert in applied machine learning, who is founding director of the MIT Center for Constructive Communication and was formerly chief media scientist for Twitter.

Alex StamosFormer chief security officer of Facebook and Yahoo!, a tech security leader. He was responsible for leading the response to Russia’s attack on 2016 US elections.

Kate StarbirdAssociate Professor in the Department of Human-Centered Design and Engineering, University of Washington.

AmAnda ZamoraFormer news executive for ProPublica and Texas Tribune. The 19th is her non-profit newsgroup. She co-founded and published it.

The group has been working for six months to make recommendations on how the government, society and private sector should address the “modern-day faith crisis in key institutions”.

The Commission was co-chaired in March by Chris Krebs (systrophy expert), Katie Couric (ex-NBC, CBS, and NBC) and Rashad Robinson (civil rights leader).

Couric confessed last month to “protecting” Ruth Bader Ginsburg by removing negative comments about kneeling during the national anthem.

She revealed in her new book how she allowed her political beliefs to influence her editing decisions following her 2016 interview with the Supreme Court Justice.

Couric’s new memoir Going There states that Ms Couric edited out Ms Ginsburg’s comment that kneeling during the national song was disrespectful of a government that allowed their grandparents and parents to have a decent lifestyle.

Yahoo! News published the story that Ms Couric had written. News 2016 did contain quotes by Ms. Couric stating that refusing to stand in the anthem was “dumb and disrespectful”, but it omitted other problematic comments.

In her memoir, Ms. Couric said that justice was too old to understand and was probably not able to answer the question. 

Aspen Institute’s three co-chairs were joined at their Aspen Institute by fifteen commissioners. These included Prince Harry, Aaron Ford Nevada’s attorney General and Sue Gordon, a national security leader.

Kathryn Murdoch was another co-founder and daughter-in law of Rupert Murdoch.

Describing herself as a ‘radical centrist’, Ms Murdoch – who is married to Rupert’s son James Murdoch – is also a major climate activist and democracy campaigner.

In the six-month period that began in April, the commission met frequently and held briefings with experts on the history, rise and threat to disinformation. 

David Brooks, New York Times Columnist, quit his post at the Institute earlier in the year. He had not disclosed his salary to The New York Times.

He was on the payroll for the Institute’s Weave Project, which began in May 2018. According to the NYT, his work was not approved by Institute’s Weave project editors in 2018.

Mr Brooks had continued to write about Facebook for the NYT, even when the social media giant was among the donors to Weave – giving it £180,000.

Although the Institute’s headquarters is in DC, it also has campuses in Aspen, Maryland and abroad.

In May 2013, it came under fire after receiving more than $8 million in federal funds to aid smaller businesses in the aftermath of the coronavirus epidemic.

The Paycheck Protection Program rules were not broken by the Institute, which is managed jointly by the Treasury Department of the Small Business Administration.

After a protest from Dele Olojede (one of the Institute’s own colleagues), the Institute stated that it would refund the money if they listened to their communities and did further reflection. 

Harry said that after riding in a hot-dog car, he had the American Dream.

At the Salute to Freedom Gala 2021, the Duke and Duchess attended with their wives and daughters. It was held just before Veterans Day in America and Armistice Day, in the UK.

Harry was dressed in black with his medals, the cross of Knight Commander Royal Victorian Order, and Meghan was wearing a red dress. Meghan and Harry also wore a white tie. The pair added a pop of color to their ensembles by adding a poppy.

The Duke presented five veterans, servicemen, and their families with Intrepid Valor Awards. He also spoke out about the impact of his military experience on him as a person.

The Intrepid Museum audience heard him tell them that it was wonderful to return on USS Intrepid 10 years after his last trip. A lot has happened since then. It was just last week that I took a ride in the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile. How’s that for the American dream?

“I’ve been living in the US almost 2 years. It’s amazing to see your support of all the people who put their lives in danger for our freedoms.

It reminds me of how much we Brits love our military. We share a special relationship with our respective armed forces, which I have been privileged to support for so many years. 

Harry spent ten years in the military and served two tours of Afghanistan. Since 2014, Harry has organized the Invictus Games to benefit wounded veterans and service members.

He stated that Remembrance Day, in the UK on tomorrow (which shares a date with Veterans Day here, USA), is a time to reflect and honor our fallen soldiers and veterans. It’s my wish for us all to remember their value and continue supporting them. Both they and I are happier for it.

“I spent 10 years serving in the military. I also served two tours in Afghanistan as a FAC (Forward A Controller), on the ground with some of your fellow soldiers, and another in Apache helicopter flying in support of and talking to you.

The time spent in shell scrape with my troops, eating a MRE (Meal Ready-Eat), in the backseat of a tank and thanks for the swaps. Flying a mission overhead was safer knowing that those below was better. We also had the opportunity to laugh at each other.

“My military experience made me who and what I am today. I’ll always be thankful for those with whom I served, wherever they were in the world.

Last week, Archie and Archie were visited by the Duke and Duchess Of Sussex to hear one of Archie’s favorite songs.

Harry and Meghan met the refugees during a trip to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey on Thursday, according to a spokesman for their foundation Archewell.

Task Force Liberty is temporarily housing more than 10,000 Afghans, who were forced to flee their homeland in order to escape the Taliban.

Harry and Meghan visited an English-learning classroom and met many students who were practicing phrases like “nice to see you”.

As the children called out English words for the colours that they had just learned, Meghan held up a pen and was seen holding it high. As they lead the class through Head, Shoulders and Knees, They were also seen pointing to their heads.

According to them, the children love the song and Archie is a fan as well.