Trump ought to doubtless be allowed again on social media, says Invoice Gates
Bill Gates, Microsoft founder, during the discussion “Innovation potential in Africa, in Berlin, Germany.
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Bill Gates, a billionaire philanthropist, told CNBC that, despite his “caustic” conspiracy theories about electoral fraud, social media companies should eventually quit former President Donald Trump.
“I think at some point he will probably be approved again and should probably be approved again,” said the Microsoft co-founder in an interview that was broadcast on Thursday morning.
Andrew Ross Sorkin, co-host of CNBC’s Squawk Box, had asked Gates if he would leave Trump on social media if he was on the board of directors of Facebook.
This social media giant and others, including Twitter, had Trump suspended from their platforms after spreading a number of baseless conspiracy theories and falsehoods about his loss of election to President Joe Biden.
Democrats and some Republicans have accused Trump of sparking the January 6 riot in the U.S. Capitol that killed five people. The Senate missed 10 votes on Saturday to condemn Trump in his impeachment trial.
“It’s strange when you say that the election there was stolen without facts. And how caustic that is,” said Gates, who has also criticized the Trump administration’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
“But I bet they will find a way to let him back in,” he added, saying that warning labels could be posted on Trump’s future false posts.
“You know in a way … people’s interest in what he says can go down quite a bit,” added Gates. “That will be interesting to see.”
Unavailable to social media, Trump has made fewer statements since leaving the White House Jan. 20.
Following Rush Limbaugh’s death on Wednesday, Trump called Fox News for his first phone interview after the president, repeating many of the false election claims that led social media companies to ban him.