Bill Gates, one of the co-founders of Microsoft, has criticized the management style of Tesla CEO Elon Musk, saying that Musk’s “fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants” method is “worsening digital polarization.”
Musk proceeded by noting that Twitter is “stirring things up,” although not in the best manner, and that it is possible that he is doing so either on his own judgment or based on the results of Twitter polls.
Making decisions “on the fly” means doing so without previous preparation and instead depending on judgment and emotions. Some of the elements may have been planned before Musk finalized the purchase in late October, but he has been relying on Twitter polls in the last several weeks to make some important changes.
Users want Musk out of his position as CEO of Twitter, and this includes their future plans for him as well as the reinstatement of Donald Trump and Ye’s previously suspended accounts (formerly Kanye West).
In an interview, Gates said that social media sites should try to stop riots and take down posts that spread false information about, for example, how safe vaccinations or masks are.
When asked about the challenges Twitter is likely facing, he said, “I wish I knew the answer to this one, but it seems more uncertain today than it was even a year ago.” In my judgment, the Twitter situation is absolutely aggravating. “You’re kind of seeing impromptu behavior rather than a comprehensive set of metrics that were objectively completed by many people.”
It’s interesting to recall that before the formal purchase, Gates had similar concerns about Musk. During a meeting in May, the Microsoft co-founder said that Musk may “worsen” the disinformation problem on Twitter.
He was primarily making reference to Twitter’s new “speak your mind” policy, which might result in inaccurate information being spread regarding the COVID-19 vaccination. In the most recent interview, Gates also mentioned it.
During the course of the conversation, Mr. Gates voiced faith in a number of different efforts. As a result, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which he co-founded with his ex-wife, is now providing assistance for a number of these projects.