Twitter co-founder regrets Trump’s use of platform for election victory

Twitter Co-founder, Evan Williams [Photo: ted.com]

The co-founder of Twitter, Evan Williams, on Saturday apologised for the social media platform’s role in Donald Trump’s victory in the last United State’s presidential election.

Mr. Williams made this known in an interview with the New York Times on Saturday, saying he recently learned that President Trump said he believed Twitter put him in the White house.

Mr. Williams said, “It’s a very bad thing, Twitter’s role in that,” he said. “If it’s true that he wouldn’t be president if it weren’t for Twitter, then yeah, I’m sorry.”

The White House did not respond to a request for a comment on Williams’ statement, reports said.

The 45-year-old entrepreneur criticised the internet for rewarding extremes calling it, “broken”.

Mr. Trump has often used Twitter to dispute reports seen in the news.

Recently, Trump took to the social media platform to deny that he or his campaign had any involvement with Russia in influencing the results of the presidential election.

“Again, the story that there was collusion between the Russians and Trump campaign was fabricated by Dems as an excuse for losing the election,” he tweeted on May 12.

In another tweet this week, the U.S president described the media’s reporting of the matter the “single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history.”

But Mr. Williams said he was wrong for thinking that the world would be a better place if there was a platform for everyone to freely speak and exchange ideas.

“Some would say that’s what we deserve for giving the power of tweets to Donald Trump,” he said in a speech at the University of Nebraska this month.

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