Twitter ‘made us dumb’
Donald Trump’s presidency is a symptom of a media environment based on short attention spans that is making the world “dumber”, one of the founders of Twitter has said.
Evan Williams said Trump’s election highlighted a wider issue about how social media platforms were helping to “dumb the entire world down” and undermining our sense of truth.
Williams was asked on the Today programme if Trump’s use of Twitter had given him pause for thought. He said: “The much bigger issue 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, who has apologised for Twitter’s role in Trump’s election, added: “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.”