‘I think the Internet broke,’ says one of the founders of Twitter

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Evan Williams, one of the founders of Twitter, said this week in an interview with The New York Times that he thinks «the Internet is broken» and that one of the reasons for the problem is the «reward given to publications and extreme interpretations» in the online environment . According to Williams, cases of beatings, murders and suicides broadcast live on Facebook, as well as «trollings» (a kind of mockery) and abuses on the microblog and, also, false news (popularized by the expression «fake news») highlight the obstacle that , before, did not believe that it existed for the computer network.

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1 of 2 According to Evan Williams, «the internet is broken» and among the reasons are videos and posts from Facebook and Twitter – Photo: (Photo: Melissa Cruz / dnetc)

According to Evan Williams, «the internet is broken» and among the reasons are videos and posts from Facebook and Twitter – Photo: (Photo: Melissa Cruz / dnetc)

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In recent years, only a member of the Twitter board, Evan Williams is also a co-creator of the blogging service Blogger, purchased by Google in 2003, and now works as CEO on Medium, a text platform launched in 2012. For the developer, the way the Internet is used by people today is farther away from the world than technology can provide to those connected, with opinions free of judgment, for example. «I thought that once everyone could speak freely and exchange information and ideas, the world would automatically be a better place. I was wrong,» says Williams.

I thought that once everyone could speak freely and exchange information and ideas, the world would automatically be a better place

Emphasizing Medium as the proposal for a new model for the media, Williams says that his goal today is to follow a different path and break the pattern composed by an Internet that rewards extremes by «interpreting» what everyone wants to see from something bad that a majority stopped to watch.

According to the founder of Twitter, one of the ways to solve this issue is to solve the «architecture of creation, distribution and monetization of content on the Internet», which would mainly help to cease the rewards for negative publications and, who knows, reconstruct what was broken over time.

2 of 2 According to the CEO of Medium, the solution for the internet is to solve the «architecture of content creation, distribution and monetization» – Photo: (Photo: Disclosure / Medium)

According to the CEO of Medium, the solution for the internet is to solve the «architecture of content creation, distribution and monetization» – Photo: (Photo: Disclosure / Medium)

Throughout the interview with the NYT, Williams also commented on the influence of the microblogging on US politics in 2016. Asked about the growth of President-elect Donald Trump on the platform, the founder apologized for Twitter possibly helping the election results. .