Chris Wetherell is probably one of the most important people for Twitter users. This developer is the creator of the retuit button, one of the most characteristic tools of this social network.
Even so, as much as this feature is used, Wetherell is also aware of how dangerous it is. “It was like giving a loaded gun to a 4-year-old,” the developer compared in an interview with BuzzFeed News.
Although retuit is a quick way to share and engage in conversation, it can also be used with malicious intent, to spread misinformation or to manipulate people. Before retuit, users had to copy and paste the text into a new message, so they spent more time reading it and interpreting the tone and intent. But with this button for easier sharing of information, things have changed, both for the better and for the worse. According to Chris Wetherell, during its development, “only two or three times did someone ask about what would be shared,” but the effects it had were unimaginable.
Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter, said that the company is working to make the social network more “healthy” by enhancing, he says, the function of citing tweets.