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The Wall Street Journal: Bill Gates says Elon Musk’s approach to misinformation could make Twitter worse

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Bill Gates said that he isn’t sure of Elon Musk’s motives in buying Twitter Inc.
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 and that social media must play a role in curbing the spread of misinformation.

“He actually could make it worse,” Gates said of Musk’s potential impact on the platform, speaking Wednesday at The Wall Street Journal’s CEO Council Summit. But, he said, “That’s not his track record.”

“How does he feel about something that says vaccines kill people or that Bill Gates is tracking people?” Gates said, adding, “It’s not totally clear what he is going to do.”

In a recent tweet, Musk confirmed that he confronted Gates about shorting Tesla Inc. In the tweets, Gates had contacted his fellow billionaire to discuss philanthropy in climate change, but Musk asked if Gates still had a $500 million short position in Tesla
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Gates responded that he hadn’t closed it out, to which Musk said he couldn’t take Gates’s philanthropy seriously if he was shorting the electric-car maker.

Gates didn’t directly answer a question about whether he had personally shorted Tesla, saying that climate change was a focus of the Gates Foundation. “I don’t think whether one’s short or long Tesla is a statement about your seriousness about climate change,” Gates said. “I applaud Tesla’s role in helping with climate change.”

He added, “I have nothing but positive things to say about Elon. If he makes Twitter worse, fine, I’ll speak out about that, but I wouldn’t assume that’s what’s going to happen.”

An expanded version of this report appears on WSJ.com.

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