The man behind Twitter's retweet button says he regrets building the feature

Chris Wetherell, the developer who built the retweet button, describes creating it as handing 'a 4-year-old a loaded weapon.'
Twitter has come under fire for the viral spread of misinformation and hate speech on its platform. (Getty Images)

Elamin Abdelmahmoud is Buzzfeed's social media editor and q's online columnist. Every week, he brings us up to speed on the big headlines taking over the internet right now. This week, he joins guest host Laurie Brown to talk about Twitter's retweet button.

Chris Wetherell, the developer who built the button, has come out and said that he regrets creating it because of how it's helped spread toxic messages on the platform. In an interview with BuzzFeed News, Wetherell recalled thinking, "We might have just handed a 4-year-old a loaded weapon." Abdelmahmoud tells us more about this story.

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