Evan Williams, Twitter's co-founder, apologized if the popular social media platform put Donald Trump in the White House Saturday.
The 45-year-old Silicon Valley entrepreneur Williams said in an interview with the New York Times that he recently learned that President Trump said he credits Twitter for making him win the highest position in the US.
President Trump told Fox News in March, “I think I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for Twitter, because I get such a fake press, such a dishonest press.”
Williams reply was "if it's true that he wouldn't be president if it weren't for Twitter, then yeah, I'm sorry." Williams said in a commencement speech in University of Nebraska this month “some would say that’s what we deserve for giving the power of tweets to Donald Trump.”
Twitter had been Trump’s instrument to lash out against his detractors and rivals. He even used the platform to mock his fellow Republican candidates with demeaning nicknames. He even targeted Hillary Clinton during his run for president. Twitter had been useful to Trump to criticize so-called "fake news’ stories and blast his critics and to dispute reports seen in the news
Williams said that the internet is going down a dark path because the rewards that we get from it are so extreme. He even said that the internet is broken as things are getting worse. There are people who use social media like Facebook to record real-time suicides, beating people and even murder. Twitter is now used by trolls who constantly lurks the site and abuse it.
Williams told Times that he was wrong in thinking that the world will be a better place if there was a platform where everyone can freely speak and exchange ideas. He was wrong in thinking that once everybody can freely speak and exchange information and ideas, the world would be a better place.