Bill Gates has a warning about Elon Musk’s Twitter takeover: Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates has expressed doubts about Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s plans for Twitter, The Wall Street Journal reported.
Elon Musk has vowed to make Twitter a free-speech haven, leaving questions about how the social network addresses misinformation and hate speech.
The Microsoft co-founder asked what Musk thought about misinformation related to COVID-19 vaccines.
The Microsoft co-founder acknowledged that Musk’s track record among other companies is impressive, describing his time at the helm of Tesla and SpaceX as “mind-blowing.” Gates said he believes Musk has done a good job of putting together a great team of engineers at those companies.
“I kind of doubt that will happen this time, but we should have an open mind and never underestimate Elon,” he said.
“How does he feel about something that says vaccines kill people, or you know, that Bill Gates is tracking people — is that one of the things he thinks should be spread?” he was quoted as saying by CNN at the Wall Street Journal CEO summit.
At the WSJ event, Gates was also asked about his leaked conversation with Musk, in which he accused him of shorting Tesla.
“Sorry, but I cannot take your philanthropy on climate change seriously when you have a massive short position against Tesla, the company doing the most to solve climate change,” Musk had told Gates.
Responding to the controversy at the WSJ event, Gates said: “I don’t think whether one’s short or long Tesla is a statement about your seriousness about climate change”.
Gates, whom Musk has replaced as the world’s richest man in recent years, questioned what Musk’s goal is with Twitter and whether his campaign to promote free speech is sensible.
Over the past few weeks, Musk has indicated a number of ways he could look to improve Twitter beyond promoting free speech. For example, late Tuesday, he suggested he could start charging companies a “modest” fee for using the platform.
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