Evan Williams, the Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Twitter, apologized on Saturday for the role of the micro-blogging giant in the rise of the United States President Donald Trump to the White House.
Twitter CEO says sorry for the social network’s role in Trump’s election
The micro-blogging giant CEO said in an interview with the New York Times that he recently learned that the US President Trump said he believes the social media platform ‘Twitter’ put him in the White House. Williams said that it is a very bad thing. The bad thing being – “Twitter’s role in that.” The report by the news outlet The New York Times further notes that the social media platform’s CEO said, “If it’s true that he wouldn’t be president if it weren’t for Twitter, then yeah, I’m sorry.”
The report by The Times further adds that the White House did not immediately respond to a request for a comment on the statement made by Evan Williams. Williams also criticized the internet for rewarding extremes calling it “broken.” The 45-year-old Silicon Valley entrepreneur said that he was wrong for thinking that the world would be a better place if there was a platform for everyone to actively exchange ideas and freely speak.
William said in a commencement speech this month at the University of Nebraska that some would say that this is what the micro-blogging giant deserves for giving the power of tweets to Donald Trump.
Donald Trump has used Twitter several times to censure media
Often, the micro-blogging site has been used by the U.S. President to dispute reports that are seen in the news. He is frequently seen criticizing the press and media for some reports or is seen sharing his views with the people on the social media platform. Recently, Donald Trump took to the micro-blogging site to deny that he or his campaign had any involvement with Russia in influencing the results of the U.S. presidential election.
He tweeted on May 12, “Again, the story that there was collusion between the Russians & Trump campaign was fabricated by Dems as an excuse for losing the election.” Later this week, Trump tweeted again, censuring the reporting of the media as the “single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history.”