Meghan Markle accused of plagiarism in social media speech

Meghan Markle gave a 15-minute speech, in which she compared social media users to drug addicts. <i>Photo: Fortune</i>

Meghan Markle gave a 15-minute speech, in which she compared social media users to drug addicts. Photo: Fortune

It seems like Meghan Markle really is just like us – she too watched the trending Netflix doco The Social Dilemma.

And it seems like it really made an impression on her.

Meghan is now being accused of plagiarism, after she repeated sentiments similar to the core of the series, in a speech at Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Next Gen Virtual Summit this week.

The Social Dilemma is a “wake-up call” documentary that explores the dynamic and sometimes dangerous relationship humans and social media have with each other.

When Meghan appeared at the Fortune event (which was $US1750 a ticket to attend), she revealed – much to the shock of her 1.9 million Instagram followers – that she doesn’t use social media anymore.

She revealed the Sussex Royal Instagram account, for her and husband Prince Harry, was actually ran by an office team. And she closed her own personal accounts shortly before her engagement.

“I have, for my own self preservation, I have not been on social media for a very long time,” Meghan revealed.

“Then we had one through the institution in our office in the UK. That wasn’t managed by us, that was a whole team.

“That comes with the territory for the job, I have made a personal choice to not have any account so I don’t know what’s out there and for many ways that’s helpful for me.

Meghan Markle gave a 15-minute speech, in which she compared social media users to drug addicts. Photo: Fortune

“I have a lot of concerns for people that have become obsessed with it and so much a part of our daily culture for so many people that it’s an addiction, like many others very things in this world.”

OK, that’s fine – she is a busy lady after all.

It’s what she said next that got tongues wagging and fingers hitting keyboards.

Likening social media users to drug addicts, she said:  “There are very few things in the world where you call the person who’s engaging with it a ‘user’. People who are addicted to drugs and people on social media.”

That’s eerily similar to terminology used in the documentary, when statistician Edward Tufte says: “There are only two industries that call their customers “users”: illegal drugs and software.”

It is one of the most-watched documentaries on streaming services at the moment, so it’s understandable it’s resonated with the former Duchess, right?

But according to Twitter, she’s plagiarising.

“Meghan plagiarises so casually, it’s become laughable now,” said one tweet.

“Someone clearly watched The Social Dilemma,” another said.

Meghan’s social media revelation comes as she and Prince Harry revealed the “almost unsurvivable” online abuse that’s been thrown as them.

“I’m told that in 2019 I was the most trolled person in the entire world, male or female. Now, eight months of that I wasn’t even visible, I was on maternity leave or with a baby,” Meghan said, in a bid to shine a light on World Mental Health Day.

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