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Twitter co-founder says 'sorry' for election of Donald Trump

Evan Williams says he thought social media would “automatically” make the world a better place.

Donald Trump's Twitter account was key to his election victory.
Donald Trump's Twitter account was key to his election victory.
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A CO-FOUNDER of Twitter says he’s sorry if the popular social media platform helped put Donald Trump in the White House, as the president has suggested.

In an interview with The New York Times, Evan Williams says Twitter’s role in Trump’s populist rise is “a very bad thing.”

The president has credited Twitter with his election to the highest office in the land.

When confronted with that notion, Williams said:

If it’s true that he wouldn’t be president if it weren’t for Twitter, then yeah, I’m sorry.

The 45-year-old Silicon Valley entrepreneur also said the internet is obviously broken because it rewards extremes.

“I thought once everybody could speak freely and exchange information and ideas, the world is automatically going to be a better place,” Williams said.

“I was wrong about that.”

© – AFP 2016

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