The billionaire co-founder of Microsoft, Bill Gates, called on Tesla and SpaceX Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Elon Musk, to stop spreading false information on areas where he has limited knowledge. According to Mr. Gates, “titillating” misinformation has a tendency to spread faster than the truth.
Mr. Gates said this in an interview on CNBC while reacting to the automaker entrepreneur’s controversial comments about COVID-19.
He said, “Facts travel slowly on social media compared with ‘negative’ misinformation, which makes it difficult for companies like Facebook and Twitter to strike a balance. Elon’s positioning is to maintain a high level of outrageous comments. He’s not much involved in vaccines. He makes a great electric car. And his rockets work well. So he’s allowed to say these things. I hope that he doesn’t confuse areas he’s not involved in too much.”
Elon Musk has been skeptical about some of the restrictions put in place by governments to quell the spread of COVID-19.
The Billionaire Tesla CEO had pointed out that the number of COVID-19 cases was rising dramatically while the number of deaths was not.
He tweeted, “There are a ridiculous number of false positive COVID-19 tests, in some cases, 50%. False positives scale linearly with the number of tests. This is a big part of why COVID-19 positive tests are going up while hospitalizations and mortality are declining. Anyone who tests positive should retest.”
In a New York Times interview published Saturday, the billionaire Tesla CEO also said, “I think the reality of COVID-19 is that it is dangerous if you’re elderly and have pre-existing conditions. It absolutely makes sense to have a lockdown if you’re vulnerable. I do not think it makes sense to have a lockdown if you’re not vulnerable.”