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In interview with Prince Harry, Obama warns against divisive social media use

In his first extensive interview since leaving office, former President Barack Obama told Britain's Prince Harry, who was guest editing BBC Radio 4's Today program, that leaders should avoid using social media to divide people.

Without directly mentioning President Trump, who has used Twitter to criticize him and others, Obama warned that the internet can "lead to a Balkanization of society" if it is used to reinforce prejudices instead of informing them. "All of us in leadership have to find ways in which we can recreate a common space on the internet," Obama said. "One of the dangers of the internet is that people can have entirely different realities. They can be cocooned in information that reinforces their current biases."

While the interview had its serious moments, Prince Harry also took the time to ask the former president some, shall we say, less pressing questions. Watch below. Harold Maass