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Gates: Social media ban may trigger more disagreements, such as Twitter banning Trump

According to foreign media reports, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates said in an interview on Sunday that social media bans, such as Twitter’s lifetime ban on former US President Donald Trump, may In the United States more disagreements.

Gates said: "Trump said a lot of questions about the legitimacy of the 2020 election, and these words are very destructive. But the practice of banning him for life on social media seems to be an issue that we should discuss. We don't want to divide, let The two parties have different social networks, but hope to exchange different views or ideas on the same basis." 


Twitter permanently banned Trump’s @realdonaldTrump account last month, citing “the risk of further incitement to violence”. Previously, Trump supporters rushed into the U.S. Capitol on January 6 to try to disrupt the Senate's certification of Joe Biden's winning the presidential election. Subsequently, Facebook, Snapchat and Reddit also announced that they had blocked Trump's account indefinitely, but did not announce whether they would be permanently blocked.

Gates said: "We must draw a line between the government and the well-intentioned participants in some way so that we can maintain an open debate and avoid the harmful part of it."

Gates was asked in an interview whether he would let Trump return to the platform if he was a member of the Facebook Oversight Committee. In this regard, Gates hinted that he would do so. He said: "I think that at some point, he may be allowed to return, and perhaps should be allowed to return." Gates also suggested that if social media companies allow Trump to return, they may give him any falsehood. A warning label is attached to the statement.

Gates added: "You know, to some extent, people's interest in what he said may have dropped a lot." Since being banned from appearing on Twitter and other social media sites, headlines about Trump It has been much less. (Little) 

Source: NetEase Technology Report, translated by Google Translate

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