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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) by nobu_the_bard on Tuesday May 23 2017, @03:39PM

    by nobu_the_bard (6373) on Tuesday May 23 2017, @03:39PM (#514309)

    Don't be sorry. It's not your fault people voted for him.

    He'd have just found another way. Facebook or Twitch or SnapChat or something. He'd have done it.

    It's unfortunate in some sense, for you, that Twitter is associated with him now... but don't be sorry.

    We all made it possible, together, for better or worse. I refuse to allow any one person to try to take the blame.

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