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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: 4, Interesting) by Runaway1956 on Tuesday May 23 2017, @01:57PM (3 children)

    by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Tuesday May 23 2017, @01:57PM (#514242) Homepage Journal

    "It's kind of interesting how all these outlets . . . somehow elected Trump to president."

    Yep. Presumptuous, pretentious, egotistical assholes, aren't they?

    And, I'll bet their most pressing R&D projects now, involve swaying public opinion in time for the next election. You can bet both cheeks of your ass that lame-stream-media is doing exactly that.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday May 23 2017, @05:17PM (2 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday May 23 2017, @05:17PM (#514387)

    I used to have views opposite of yours, but now that you said "lamestream media", I've seen the error of my ways. All those dumb sheeple rooting for Obummer on lamestream media!

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday May 23 2017, @10:07PM (1 child)

      by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday May 23 2017, @10:07PM (#514545)

      Yep! Runaway convinced me with that comment, too! So now I am going to insist that Trump replace Pence with the true destined White Horse Prophecy Vice President of the United States of America: Sarah Palin! If we do not do this, those evil progressives will brainwash us all with there "learning" and "facts", "objective reality" and "science". Smug, arrogant elistist bastards! Runaway1956 for Secretary of Education!!

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday May 24 2017, @07:56AM

        by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday May 24 2017, @07:56AM (#514718)

        Me, too! But for me it was more the part about "betting both cheeks of my ass". This seems to be a Runaway fetish of late, super effective! And much better than Eth's strange and bizarre obsession with the underarms of young female domesticated animals. Eeewww!