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Bill Gates Says Social-Media Bans Aren’t Answer to Divisiveness

Bill Gates, billionaire and co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, pauses during a panel session on the opening day of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019. World leaders, influential executives, bankers and policy makers attend the 49th annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos from Jan. 22 - 25.

Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates said social-media silencing such as Twitter Inc.’s lifetime ban on former President Donald Trump risk leading to even more divisiveness in the U.S.

By Tony Czuczka

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(Bloomberg) —Trump said many things questioning the legitimacy of the 2020 election “that are corrosive,” Gates said on “Fox News Sunday.” “But the idea that you end up with a lifetime ban — that, it seems like we should discuss.”

“We don’t want to partition and have a social network for one party and another social network,” he said. “We want to have a common base where we’re exchanging ideas and thoughts.”

Opening Day Of World Economic Forum 2019
Bill Gates, billionaire and co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, pauses during a panel session on the opening day of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019. World leaders, influential executives, bankers and policy makers attend the 49th annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos from Jan. 22 – 25.

Twitter permanently suspended the @realDonaldTrump account last month, citing “the risk of further incitement of violence,” after Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 in a bid to disrupt the Senate’s certification of Joe Biden’s victory in the presidential election.

Facebook also suspended Trump’s account while stopping short of declaring the suspension permanent.

“There’s got to be some way that, between the government and the well-meaning actors, we draw the line so we keep the open debate without the corrosive parts,” Gates said.

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  • Kanu Sukha says:

    “We want to have a common base where we are exchanging ideas and thoughts.” … is apparently what Gates claimed. The problem is that there is a ‘common base’ (ie social media) … but here we have a case of a certain ‘individual’ who wants to circumvent or ignore the ‘rules’ of that media! Imagine if there were no rules to the ‘game’ … we would have a ‘jungle’ out there ! The one who shouts the loudest and can be the most obnoxious will always win! To extend the sports metaphor … in a ‘game’, the referee would first warn and then send off the offending culprit/s. That is what has happened here … just too late methinks !

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