Chris Wetherell, the developer of the Retweet feature on Twitter, said in an interview this week that he regretted producing the retweet feature. “We gave a four-year-old a loaded gun,” Wethrell said, adding that the Retweet feature contributed to the rapid publication of fake news and fake news.
Wethrell also associates the retweet feature with the blocking of lynching campaigns on Twitter. Wethrell argues that this feature on the platform needs to be corrected, but he is not alone in fact. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey also thinks the retweet feature should be rearranged:
Wethrell, the developer of Retweet, offers the removal of the retweet feature from accounts that frequently share damaging messages as a solution proposal. David Rand, who worked on misinformation at MIT, offers a solution similar to Wethrell’s approach. Rand’, argues that those who don’t click on the link in the tweet should be prevented from retweeting, so users can stop and think about it before sharing false news with a momentary reflex.
While working in the Google Reader app, Wetherell continues to launch new initiatives in silicon valley, which came to Twitter at the invitation of Evan Williams, who was ceo of Twitter at the time, and helped develop the retweet button.
With the rapid rise of social networks in the past, we can see that many of the ideas that developers have put forward in the first place have led to serious consequences today. The developed products can move many stones socially, while becoming a deadly weapon in the political arena for those who act maliciously. Technology initiatives to learn about this subject, the products that will come into our lives in the coming years can be produced with a more cautious approach.