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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: 5, Touché) by Grishnakh on Tuesday May 23 2017, @04:12PM

    by Grishnakh (2831) on Tuesday May 23 2017, @04:12PM (#514345)

    They should be sorry, but being sorry isn't good enough. You need to back up your apology with real actions to properly atone for your mistake. And this mistake is a seriously grievous one. So for Twitter, the answer is that they need to simply shut down the service and dissolve the company. That's the only way they can properly atone for this mistake, and humanity will be much better off with them gone.

    After that, we can figure out how to get rid of Facebook.

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