Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates said that the silencing of social media, such as Twitter’s lifetime ban on former President Donald Trump, risks creating even more divisions in the United States.
Trump said many things that question the legitimacy of the 2020 election « that are corrosive, » Gates said on Fox News. « But the idea of you ending a lifetime ban, it seems we should discuss. »
« We do not want to divide ourselves and have a social network for one party and another social network for another, » he said. « We want to have a common base in which we exchange ideas and thoughts. »
Twitter permanently suspended the @realDonaldTrump account last month, citing « the risk of further incitement to violence » after Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol on January 6 in an attempt to disrupt Senate certification. of Joe Biden’s victory in the presidential election.
Facebook also suspended Trump’s account without going so far as to declare permanent suspension.
« There has to be some way that, between the government and the well-meaning actors, we draw the line to keep the debate open without the corrosive parts, » Gates said.