"It's A Very Bad Thing"
Twitter co-founder Evan Williams has apologized for the social media platformâ€™s potential role in making Donald Trump the 45th President of the United States.
Williams spoke with The New York Times, calling the Internet â€œbroken,â€ and discussed Trumpâ€™s affinity for using 140 characters (or less) to reach the world. As The Hill reported, the conversation soon turned to Trumpâ€™s claim to Fox News that he wouldnâ€™t be president â€œif it wasnâ€™t for Twitter.â€Â
â€œItâ€™s a very bad thing, Twitterâ€™s role in that,â€ Williams told The Times. â€œIf itâ€™s true that he wouldnâ€™t be president if it werenâ€™t for Twitter, then yeah, Iâ€™m sorry.â€
Â The Times further reported that in a commencement speech at the University of Nebraska, Williams likened Silicon Valley to Prometheus, the mythological Greek figure who gave fire to mankind.
â€œWhat we tend to forget is that Zeusâ€¦ chained him to a rock so eagles could peck out his guts for eternity,â€ Williams said. â€œSome would say thatâ€™s what we deserve for giving the power of tweets to Donald Trump.â€
After the election and prior to assuming the presidency, Donald Trump told 60 Minutes he would be very restrained in his Twitter use once he officially became President, hailing Twitter as â€œa modern form of communication.â€
â€œIâ€™m gonna do very restrained,â€ Trump said, â€œif I use it at all. There should be nothing you should be ashamed of. Itâ€™s where itâ€™s at.â€ The full exchange can be seen below:
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