Twitter Founder Discusses Trump And Social Media During Latest Interview

Evan Williams, one of Twitter’s founders, was recently interviewed on BBC Radio 4’s “Today” program.

 

Williams first spoke about the problems that come with social media.

 

“The much bigger issue is not Donald Trump using Twitter that got him elected, even if he says so; it is the quality of the information we consume that is reinforcing dangerous beliefs and isolating people and limiting people’s open-mindedness and respect for truth.”

 

Williams continued, stating, “There is a media ecosystem that is supported and thrives on attention, period. And that is what’s making us dumber and not smarter, and Donald Trump is a symptom of that.”

 

Williams then explained, “Therefore quoting Trump’s tweets, or quoting the latest stupidest thing that any political candidate or anyone else says, is an effective way to exploit people’s basest instincts. And that is dumbing the entire world down.”

 

In a May interview with The New York Times, Williams apologized for Twitter’s role in the election of Donald Trump.

 

“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.”

 

Trump has credited Twitter for his election during multiple interviews in the past.