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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 Joe Desertrat on Tuesday May 23 2017, @09:12PM

    by Joe Desertrat (2454) on Tuesday May 23 2017, @09:12PM (#514524)

    Their brand of sorry means not being treacherous enough, and for not producing a populace more in the dark.

    I think the sorry stems from uninformed people making decisions based on who presents the more exciting 140 character blurb or 10 second sound bite, instead of doing a little research into what it is they are actually making a decision about.

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