Sir Tim Berners Lee claims Twitter is for “extreme” opinions


By The Drum Team, Editorial

May 24, 2011 | 2 min read

Internet pioneer Sir Tim Berners Lee has described the micro blogging service Twitter as a platform for people expressing extreme views at a conference debating the future of the web.

Describing the network as “not a place for reasoned discussion” Lee outlined a future in which all social networks communicate with each other, ending today’s isolation on one platform.

Speaking at the Royal Society’s new Web conference Lee said of his experiences on the service: “All the tweets were extreme. Is Twitter going to be a part of ‘New Web’? We need something a bit more sophisticated.“

Lee has become a standard bearer for a free and open web and is campaigning for greater communication across the web’s newly formed “walled gardens” via his role at the W3C consortium.


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