The New York Times published an account Saturday of an interview with Evan Williams, co-founder of Twitter.
Twitter was the communications tool intended to allow everyone the freedom to address the world, but Williams said he has believed for years now that the internet is “broken.”
Facebook is now being used to show suicides and murders in real time, Twitter is rampant with trolling and abuse… and now there’s President Trump, who has latched on to Twitter as a means of communicating directly with the American people and bypassing the media.
Williams said he is sorry. New York Times reported that he apologized for his roll in providing Twitter to the president.
Trump has stated that he believes Twitter “put him in the White House.”
“It’s a very bad thing, Twitter’s role in that,” Williams stated. “If it’s true that he wouldn’t be president if it weren’t for Twitter, then yeah, I’m sorry.”
He also slammed Trump in a recent commencement speech, according to the Times:
In a commencement speech at the University of Nebraska this month, Mr. Williams noted that Silicon Valley has a tendency to see itself as a Prometheus, stealing fire from selfish gatekeeper gods and bestowing it on mere mortals. “What we tend to forget is that Zeus was so pissed at Prometheus that he chained him to a rock so eagles could peck out his guts for eternity,” Mr. Williams told the crowd. “Some would say that’s what we deserve for giving the power of tweets to Donald Trump.”
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