Inventor of The Internet Disappointed At What His Creation Has Become

Inventor of The Internet Disappointed At What His Creation Has Become


Inventor of the World-Wide Web, Tim Berner Lee is ‘disappointed’ at what has become of his creation and how it is enabling hate and other vices.

Tim Berner Lee had an interview with Reuters in which he lambasted Twitter particularly for skewing interactions between users, thus giving prominence to hate-filled sentiments as opposed to positive ones.

In 1990, Tim Berner Lee created the first version of the web, what we all refer to as the internet. The name is simple for networks of networks interacting within an intricately woven series of networks. Today, nothing is that simple and the creator says he has a solution for it.

Sir Tim suggested that governments could break up the web giants.


Dismantling tech monopoly

‘If you put a drop of love into Twitter it seems to decay but if you put in a drop of hatred you feel it actually propagates much more strongly,’ he said. ‘And you wonder, ‘Well is that because of the way that Twitter as a medium has been built?’’


His comments come after Twitter, Facebook and other social media sites have faced criticism for failing to tackle hate speech, misogyny and other toxic comments.

Recently, Twitter rival Gab came under particular fire for being connected to the synagogue bomber and generally being a ‘haven’ for far-right ideologies and personalities banned in other sites. It lost many of its tech service providers as a result including GoDaddy and a few others.

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Sir Tim said his disappointment grew out of seeing Twitter become less optimistic and lose some of its ability to empower individuals.


He also condemned the ‘concentration’ of user communities in the hands of a few tech titans such as Amazon, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and Apple.


Historically, he said, governments tackled this type of dominance by taking steps to break up large firms and dismantle monopolies.


However, he said, technology and shifting patterns of behaviour could end up doing the job for governments.


‘Before breaking them up, we should see whether they are not just disrupted by a small player beating them out of the market, but by the market shifting, by the interest going somewhere else,’ he told the news organisation.

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