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posted by martyb on Tuesday May 23 2017, @12:22PM   Printer-friendly
from the closing-the-barn-door dept.

If anyone knows how important Twitter is to Donald Trump, it's the president.

“Without the tweets, I wouldn't be here,” he told the Financial Times last month.

To which Twitter's co-founder says: Sorry about that, world.

Evan Williams, who still sits on the company's board of directors, recently told The New York Times that he wants to repair the damage he thinks Twitter and the broader Internet have wrought on society in the form of trolls, cyberbullies, live-streamed violence, fake news and — yes — Trump.

“I thought once everybody could speak freely and exchange information and ideas, the world is automatically going to be a better place,” Williams told the Times. “I was wrong about that.”

“If it’s true that he wouldn’t be president if it weren’t for Twitter, then yeah, I’m sorry,” he said.

Is Twitter responsible?

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  • (Score: 2, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday May 23 2017, @01:36PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday May 23 2017, @01:36PM (#514221)

    Trolls - Already existed in IRL, just less visible.
    Cyberbullies - Already existed in the form of physical bullies, so FAIL.
    Live-streamed violence - Violence without streaming hurt as well, so FAIL.
    Fake news - Media concentration spewing rubbish unimpeded for decades are now toast, so FAIL.
    Trump - Tell people that they should let themselves be replaced and shamed. Without media censorship they will act. Maybe it would not happened without Twitter etc. Another way to avoid it is to be truthful and not try to screw people over.

    So electronic media enables some bad. But a lot of good too. If anything it enables people to crack through the bubble of local village zombies.

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