Bill Gates, the billionaire investor and co-founder of Microsoft, weighed in on Elon Musk’s Twitter buyout in a Today Show exclusive.
While speaking to Savannah Guthrie, Gates shared his thoughts about the rapid spread of misinformation on social media especially Twitter, and Musk’s innovation to balance it.
According to the business magnate, though the digital realm has aided in the proliferation of wrong ideas very quickly it should be used to get the truth out to the people and tell them that what they are seeing is false.
After acquiring Twitter Musk claimed that free speech was the “bedrock of a functioning democracy”, and that the social media platform was the “digital town square” where discussions happened.
Gates praised Musk for his climate change initiative with Tesla and his innovation at SpaceX.
He went on to say that Musk should improve Twitter with a better balance between free speech and conspiracy theories confusing people.
“Well, I don't, I don't know specifically what he will do, but you know, there's an opportunity and we need innovation in that space,” Gates said.