Bill Gates warns that Elon Musk’s free-speech plans may make Twitter worse
What simply occurred? They could each be billionaires, however Elon Musk and Bill Gates will not be the perfect of mates. The newest spat between the 2 pertains to the previous’s acquisition of Twitter, which the ex-Microsoft boss has warned may make the platform “worse.”
As reported by CNBC, Gates was talking on the Wall Street Journal’s CEO Summit Wednesday about Musk’s takeover of Twitter. Much of what he mentioned associated to the Tesla boss’ claims that he would scale back moderation on the platform and embrace the rules of free speech.
But Gates questioned Musk’s plan and his final aim for Twitter. “How does he really feel about one thing [on Twitter] that claims ‘vaccines kill folks’ or that ‘Bill Gates is monitoring folks?'” Gates requested. “What are his objectives for what it finally ends up being? Does that match this concept of much less excessive falsehoods spreading so rapidly [and] bizarre conspiracy theories? Does he share that aim or not?”
My conversations with Gates have been underwhelming tbh
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 18, 2020
Musk has talked about his need to make Twitter a bastion of free speech by taking a extra relaxed method to moderating tweets, although it seems to be just like the EU can have one thing to say about turning the positioning right into a free-for-all. He additionally desires to eliminate the platform’s bot downside and open-source Twitter’s algorithm.
Gates did have some reward for Musk, although. He known as his time on the head of Tesla and SpaceX “mind-blowing” and mentioned he did a very good job of placing collectively nice groups of engineers at these firms.
“I type of doubt that can occur this time [at Twitter], however we should always have an open thoughts and by no means underestimate Elon,” Gates added.
Twitter will all the time be free for informal customers, however possibly a slight price for business/authorities customers
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 3, 2022
Musk has additionally talked about his concepts for growing Twitter’s profitability, together with charging for embedding tweets and making companies and governments pay to make use of the service.
Musk confirmed final month that he had confronted Gates about shorting Tesla inventory, which he adopted with a Tweet mocking Gates’ look. It marked the newest conflict between the pair, following public disagreements over Covid-19, colonizing Mars, and cryptocurrencies.