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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: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday May 23 2017, @06:39PM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday May 23 2017, @06:39PM (#514449)

    Tweet: "Our newest pay-day load product, Payrolla(R), makes your dreams affordable! Try it now!"

    If shit like that gets downvotes, Twitter becomes less desirable for business. Even less-offensive products won't be worth the risk.

    It's like how Facebook lacks a "Hate" button.

  • (Score: 2) by Sulla on Tuesday May 23 2017, @07:53PM

    by Sulla (5173) on Tuesday May 23 2017, @07:53PM (#514492) Journal

    I have recently been working on an accounting software implementation, I would definitely give a thumbs up to a product that made my payday data load process easier.

    Ceterum censeo Sinae esse delendam