Is anyone surprised that Twitter co-founder Evan Williams is “sorry” for free speech? The social media behemoth has consistently come under fire for banning “alternative thinkers” – namely, conservatives and anyone who espouses conservative or alt-right values.
The truth is that Williams is “sorry” he allowed anyone he doesn’t agree with a platform on which to speak. And in true Leftist fashion, he demonizes those who disagrees with, and laments the concept of people speaking freely.
As reported, “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. …It’s a very bad thing, Twitter’s role in [electing Trump]. If it’s true that he wouldn’t be president if it weren’t for Twitter, then yeah, I’m sorry.”
To be clear, free speech is not something “granted” unto the people of America by Twitter or any other media company–it is a freedom that is protected by the Bill of Rights. Free speech is not a bad thing, and to insinuate otherwise is a very dangerous path to go down. If Twitter did not exist, you can be sure that there would be some other forum to take its place. Twitter is not what got President Trump elected – he was elected because people are tired of establishment politics.
Whether or not Williams is “happy” with the outcome of the election, or anyone else, is irrelevant: lots of people were unhappy when Obama was elected, too. Trump won the election, and it’s likely that he would have won with or without Twitter. Williams’ suggestion that “locking up” the internet to keep it “safe” from what amounts to conservative points of view is appalling.