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Bill Gates reveals reaction to Elon Musk buying Twitter

Bill Gates. File picture: Gus Ruelas/Reuters

Bill Gates. File picture: Gus Ruelas/Reuters

Published May 5, 2022

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The Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates - who doesn't see eye-to-eye with the Tesla chief Elon Musk - has reflected on the news he has had a bid to buy the social media platform accepted by the board.

Asked what he thinks of the deal, Gates told the BBC: "You know, Elon, I guess it's possible Twitter could be worse. But it also could be better… So I have a wait and see attitude."

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Last week, Musk accused Gates of "shorting" Telsa stock - which is a way of making money through betting that a firm with lose value - and argued it undermines Gates' environmental charity work.

However, asked whether or not he had bet against Tesla, the 66-year-old businessman fired back: "That has nothing to do with climate change. I have ways of diversifying.

"The popularity of electric cars will lead to more competition for selling those cars.

"So there's a difference between electric cars being adopted, and companies becoming infinitely valuable."

Earlier this week, multi-billionaire Musk - who has bought Twitter for a whopping $44 billion (£33.3 billion) - insisted he wants to make the platform a better place.

Regarding his goals of making the site a platform for free speech, he said: "[It] would be to make Twitter as inclusive as possible, and to have as broad a swath of the country and the rest of the world on Twitter, and that they find it interesting and entertaining and funny, and that it makes their life better."

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