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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 FatPhil on Wednesday May 24 2017, @01:49PM

    by FatPhil (863) <pc-soylentNO@SPAMasdf.fi> on Wednesday May 24 2017, @01:49PM (#514804) Homepage
    > One can hardly call "information and ideas" something limited to 140 characters

    "Do unto others as you would have done unto you."

    "Every action has an equal and opposite reaction."

    "The King is dead. Long live the Queen."

    "My fellow Americans, I'm pleased to tell you today that I signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in 5 minutes"

    Many insightful and informative things can be expressed in 140 characters or even way fewer.
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