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Meghan Markle ‘plagiarises’ Netflix documentary The Social Dilemma in speech

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Meghan Markle has been accused of "plagiarising" Netflix documentary The Social Dilemma following a speech she gave about online addiction.

In a speech at Fortune’s Most Powerful Next Gen Summit, the Duchess of Sussex likened social media to taking dugs.

She told the online audience: "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."

The 39-year-old went on to say she has not been on social media for her own "self-preservation" and said she has "concerns" for people who have become obsessed by it.

Meghan has since been accused of ripping off Netflix documentary the Social Dilemma by social media users who have claimed her words are plagiarism.

A user noted statistician Edward Tufte is quoted in the doc to have said: "There are only two industries that call their customers "users": illegal drugs and software."

Calling Meghan a liar, one user said Meghan "had the cheek" to say she hasn't been on social media but said she shared her life on The Tig, her now defunct blog.

They wrote: "Omg, so Meghan paid to speak again for Fortune and ripped off the Netflix documentary The Social Dilemma theory about social media users being like drug addicts and had the cheek to say she hasn't been on it [social media] for four years?

"The Tig? Sussex Royal Instagram? Twitter? Liar."

Another wrote: "Meghan has plagiarised her quotes from The Social Dilemma."

"Someone clearly watched The Social Dilemma recently.." a third said.

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Wearing a blue and white dress and with her hair tied back, Meghan said: ""I have for my own self-preservation not been on social media for a very long time. I had a personal account years ago which I closed down.

"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.

"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.

"People who are addicted to drugs are users and people who are on social media are called users.

"And there is something in there algorithmically creating this obsession that I think is very unhealthy for people."

  • Meghan Markle
  • Netflix
  • Drugs

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