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Twitter Co-Founder: ‘If it’s true that he wouldn’t be president if it weren’t for Twitter, then yeah, I’m sorry’

May 22, 2017  •  Post A Comment

In an interview with The New York Times in which he suggests the Internet is broken, Twitter founder Evan Williams called Twitter’s role in the rise of Donald Trump “a very bad thing” and added: “If it’s true that he wouldn’t be president if it weren’t for Twitter, then yeah, I’m sorry.”

“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 paper. “I was wrong about that.”

The report adds: “The trouble with the Internet, Mr. Williams says, is that it rewards extremes. Say you’re driving down the road and see a car crash. Of course you look. Everyone looks. The internet interprets behavior like this to mean everyone is asking for car crashes, so it tries to supply them.”

6 Comments

  1. “How silly of me to have not designed a platform that only allows speech I agree with.”

  2. Evan Williams is totally full of himself! I had more to say but Bill’s one liner says it all!

  3. Bill, you nailed it !! And I don’t accept his apology ! 🙂

  4. I am taking myself off Twitter after that apology. Bill you did nail it!

  5. What will be the next version of Twitter? Will there be multiple versions? Say one for liberals. One for conservatives. One for Radical Islamists? One for Nudists? One for people that hate everybody and one for people that love everybody. One for people that are going to Hell because they invented Twitter and one for journalists that allows them to attack whomever they want by quoting “unnamed sources” and “people that aren’t authorized to speak”. There are so many more versions of Twitter that Evan Williams can develop. The possibilities are endless. Come on Evan, develop more versions of Twitter and make yourself millions more.

  6. If he’s really sorry, he could show it by giving ALL the money he made off of Twitter to charity. But he’s probably not that sorry.

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