Evan Williams, the co-founder of Twitter, went on a snark attack against President Donald Trump — a prolific tweeter, if there ever was one — and outright apologized for helping the former businessman reach the pinnacle of power, the White House.
His apology is a bit like white people, circa 2017, issuing heartfelt mea culpas for slavery.
Williams, it should be noted, is still a board of director for Twitter.
In an interview with the New York Times, he said his organization was intended to give everyone a chance to engage in the free exchange of thoughts and ideas. But apparently, he now feels he created a monster — that the free exchange offered Trump, and by logical extension, Trump supporters, has just gone too far. Dammit.
And he’s not gonna take it any more.,
As Indian Express wrote:
“Twitter co-founder Evan Williams, in an interview, apologised for making Trump’s presidency possible. Williams, who still is a member of Twitter’s board of directors, in an interview to New York Times, he said the purpose of his organisation was to give everyone a chance to have free exchange of information and ideas. ‘I thought once everybody could speak freely and exchange information and ideas, the world is automatically going to be a better place. I was wrong about that,’ Williams was quoted by the newspaper.
“He further went on to apologise in case the microblogging website played a role in getting Trump elected as the 45th President of the United States. ‘It’s a very bad thing, Twitter’s role in that. If it’s true that he wouldn’t be president if it weren’t for Twitter, then yeah, I’m sorry,’ he said. Williams also described the internet as “broken”. He further added that he wishes to repair the damage done by internet in the form of online trolls, fake news, cyber-bullying and live-streamed violence.
“Trump, in an interview to Financial Times in April, credited his success to Twitter. ‘Without the tweets, I wouldn’t be here . . . I have over 100m followers between Facebook, Twitter [and] Instagram. Over 100 million. I don’t have to go to the fake media,’ he said.”
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