Twitter leader laments social media role in Trump's election

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A co-founder of Twitter says he's sorry if the popular social media platform helped put Donald Trump in the White House, as the president has suggested.

In an interview (http://nyti.ms/2qGcKkm ) with The New York Times, Evan Williams says Twitter's role in Trump's populist rise is "a very bad thing."

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The president has credited Twitter with his election to the highest office in the land.

When confronted with that notion, Williams said: "If it's true that he wouldn't be president if it weren't for Twitter, then yeah, I'm sorry."

The 45-year-old Silicon Valley entrepreneur also said the internet is obviously broken because it rewards extremes.

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

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