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Ev Williams is sorry if Twitter is responsible for President Trump
In a report published by The New York Times today, Twitter co-founder Ev Williams says that “the internet is broken,” and that if Twitter is responsible for President Trump's election in November, he's “sorry.” The report takes a look at Ev's career, his current work with Medium, and his efforts to fix what he sees as an internet that is going off the rails. He notes he had initially believed that developing platforms such as Blogger and Twitter would improve the world by giving people a voice, but now thinks otherwise: “I was wrong about that.” In particular, Williams expressed regret for the role that Twitter might have played in bringing Donald Trump to the White House. The president said in March that he believed that the service allowed him to deliver his message straight to his followers, and that he “wouldn't be [president] if it wasn't for Twitter.” Presented with that, Williams said that “It's a very bad thing, Twitter's role in that,” and that “if it's true that he wouldn't be president if it weren't for Twitter, then yeah, I'm sorry.”
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