Elon Musk track record speaks for itself, never underestimate him - Bill Gates

With Elon Musk on the verge of taking the Twitter private, many are asking if the reforms he has outlined would damage the social networking behemoth.

On Wednesday, at a Wall Street Journal event, Microsoft Founder, Bill Gates said Musk might make Twitter "worse," but that his track record speaks for itself.

"I mean his track reord with Tesla and SpaceX is pretty mind blowing at putting together a great team of engineers and taking the people who work in those fields in a less bold way and really showing them up," Gates said. 

"I kind of doubt that will happen this time, but we should have an open mind and never underestimate Elon," he added.

Gates stated of Musk's prospects of enhancing Twitter, "if all you need is money and recruiting talented engineers, he's probably as good a guy as any."

However, the Microsoft founder stated that he disagrees with Musk, a self-described free speech absolutist, on permitting disinformation to flourish on the internet.

"How does he feel about something that says vaccines can kill people or that Bill Gates is tracking people? Is that one of the things he thinks should be spread?" Gates asked.

Musk turned to Twitter in April to tweet a parody ridiculing Gates, which featured the Microsoft founder beside a pregnant man emoji.

Musk appears to have released the photographs in response to screenshots of a sequence of texts between the two men. According to the screenshots, Gates shorted Tesla shares.

On Wednesday, Gates stated that he was not offended by Musk's comments, but added that "shorting Tesla is an indication of your seriousness about climate change."

"I applaud Tesla's role in battling climate change. I have nothing but positive things to say about Elon. If he makes Twitter worse, I will speak out about that."

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