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Twitter co-founder Evan Williams Publicly Apologises for making Donald Trump US president

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London, 21 May, 2017: Evan Williams, former CEO and co-founder of Twitter, has publicly apologised for the role the micro blogging site might have played in the election of Donald Trump as US president, media reported.

Trump indicated in March that Twitter played an important role in his election. When asked about that remark, Williams in an interview told the New York Times, “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,” Williams said.

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Trump has 30 million followers on his personal account on the platform and was known as a prolific tweeter well before he announced his intention to seek the Republican nomination for presidency, the Independent reported on Saturday.

Since entering the White House and taking control of the @POTUS (President of the United States) Twitter handle, he has 17 million followers of that account.

The platform was used extensively by his supporters during the presidential poll to advocate him and to denounce Hillary Clinton.

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His detractors also well utilised the platform.

“I think that maybe I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for Twitter, because I get such a fake press, such a dishonest press. I mean, if you look at — and I’m not including Fox, because I think Fox has been fair to me, but if you look at CNN and if you look at these other networks,” Trump told Fox News in March. (IANS)

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Meeting Between Members of European Parliament and Mark Zuckerberg to be Web Streamed

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Tajani had requested that Zuckerberg appear in front of members of the European Parliament in person in order to address the issue.
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A meeting between Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and members of the European Parliament (EP) over the social network’s use of personal data will be webstreamed, the Parliament’s President said on Monday.

The meeting, scheduled to take place on Tuesday, would be streamed over the Internet after Zuckerberg agreed to it, EP President Antonio Tajani said on Twitter.

“I am glad to announce that he has accepted this new request. Great news for EU citizens… I thank him for the respect shown towards EP,” Tajani said.

The meeting would take place a month-and-a-half after Zuckerberg testified before the US Congress over an alleged massive personal data leak to UK-based firm Cambridge Analytica.

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Tajani had requested that Zuckerberg appear in front of members of the European Parliament in person in order to address the issue.

“We are convinced that the millions of Europeans affected by the Cambridge Analytica scandal deserve a full and thorough explanation from Facebook’s top manager, just as was the case for US citizens,” Tajani penned in a letter to Zuckerberg in April. (IANS)

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