Twitter’s co-founder and ex-CEO Evan Williams says that if the platform helped elect Donald Trump, he apologizes for his role.
Evan Williams, Twitter’s co-founder, when confronted with the claim that Twitter may have helped Donald Trump become president, told the New York Times: “It’s a very bad thing, Twitter’s role in that. If it’s true that he wouldn’t be president if it weren’t for Twitter, then yeah, I’m sorry.”
He also said: “ I thought once everybody could speak freely and exchange information and ideas, the world is automatically going to be a better place.”
“I was wrong about that.” Williams stepped down from his position as CEO of Twitter in 2010, and has been working on Medium- a new blogging platform.
Trump and Twitter
Donald Trump started gaining a platform on Twitter since he joined it in 2009- way before he ran for president. This gave him a direct line of communication between him and millions of his followers during his election campaign. In March, Trump told Fox News that Twitter helped him have a direct line of communication with the American people, and said: “I think that maybe I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for Twitter.” He even called it his “own form of media.”
“The news is not honest. Much of the news,” he said during his Fox News interview in March. “And when I have close to 100 million people watching me on Twitter, including Facebook, including all of the Instagram, including POTUS, including lots of things- but we have- I guess pretty close to 100 million people. I have my own form of media.”
Trump now has around 30 million followers to which he is known to constantly tweet to in real time.