Obama issues warning on social media dangers in Prince Harry interview

The former president went on to emphasize the need for face to face contact.

Harry also asked if Obama likedSuits or The Good Wife, to which the former president said Suits, leaving the prince chuckling.

Obama, who has spoken rarely since leaving office almost a year ago, said before the internet Americans could agree on a "common set of facts", since a large majority received their information from the same sources. "One of the dangers of the Internet is that people can have entirely different realities", Obama said.

Mr Obama did not name Mr Trump during the interview, which he did with Prince Harry for the royal's guest editorship of BBC Radio 4's Today programme.

Obama said meeting face-to-face could be a solution to help counteract extreme views on social media.

His successor Donald Trump regularly uses Twitter, often sparking controversy with his comments.

Obama also spoke of his marriage and family: "For us to be able to come out of that intact - our marriage strong, we are still each other's best friends, our daughters turning into unbelievable young women - there was a sense of completion, and that we had done the work in a way that maintained our integrity and left us whole and fundamentally unchanged".

Prince Harry lightened the mood with a speed round with simpler questions that may have revealed a lot more about Obama than the complicated ones.

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"It's also, by the way, harder to be as obnoxious and cruel in person as people can be anonymously on the Internet", he said.

The 33-year-old prince, who said he was looking forward to 2018, has become good friends with the Obamas since bonding with them during the Invictus Games.

"Together we had an unbelievable time and great fun, staying with my brother and sister-in-law and running around with the kids".

This convention may be further challenged when actress Meghan Markle joins the Royal Family with her marriage to Prince Harry in May, given her past record of criticising President Trump, including calling him "divisive" and "misogynistic" in 2016.

Prince Harry, 33, said he had an "amazing time" at Christmas - Ms Markle "really enjoyed it and the family really loved having her there" although there were "plenty" of family traditions he needed to explain to her.

"We haven't put the invites or the guest list together yet, so who knows whether he's going to be invited or not", Harry replied.

Harry, who was recently at the inaugural summit of the Obama Foundation in Chicago, has forged a strong bond with the Obamas, through his work with servicemen and his trips to America. "I wouldn't want to ruin that surprise".

"We wish you a lifetime of joy and happiness together".

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