Hillary Clinton is not happy with Twitter. Or Facebook.
Responding to a question from Mashable Tech Editor Pete Pachal at the Code Conference regarding whether Twitter has been “bad or good for our national discourse,” the former presidential candidate expounded upon the ways that Twitter has negatively impacted our politics.
“I think it has certainly provided, as you say, positive information, quick turnaround information to a very large audience,” observed Clinton. “But I think it has become victimized by deliberate efforts to shape the conversation and push it toward conspiracies, lies, false information.”
“[Twitter] has become victimized by deliberate efforts to shape the conversation, and push it toward conspiracies, lies, false information.”
In other words, Twitter can’t handle its shit.
The service is overrun with disinformation, argued Clinton, and an adult is desperately needed in the digital room to bring some order.
But take a deep breath, At Jack, because Clinton doesn’t think it’s all on you.
“And I think it’s the same problem Facebook faces,” she continued—not letting Mark Zuckerberg off the hook. “That when you try to be all things to all people, and you try to open up your platform so that people can come in, and you want to be influential ’cause you expect people will actually tune you in and read and watch what you have—what do you do to try to contain the weaponization and manipulation of that information? I don’t think we know yet.”
And sure, while she acknowledged that Facebook and Twitter are working to solve the problem of fake news, she doesn’t think the companies are moving fast enough.
“I would just urge them to hurry up,” she added forcefully.
Got that Dorsey? You listening Zuckerberg? Clinton is calling you out — and the rest of us can only hope you’re listening.