American business magnate and Co-founder of Microsoft Corporation Bill Gates has stated that former U.S. president, Donald Trump should be allowed back on social media, after top firms suspended his accounts.
Twitter cut the former president off from some 88 million followers after the deadly riot on Jan. 6, when a group of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol while Congress was certifying President Biden’s victory, leaving five people, including a U.S. Capitol Police officer, dead.
At the time, Twitter said that Trump’s tweets posed “the risk of further incitement of violence.”
Facebook, Snapchat and Reddit also suspended Trump’s online presence indefinitely following the attack.
Now Gates says that social media companies should let President Trump back on their platforms, despite his “corrosive” election fraud claims.
Gates, asked during an interview with CNBC on Thursday, February 18, whether he would let Trump back on social media if he were a member of Facebook’s oversight board, he replied;.
“I think at some point he probably will be allowed back on and probably should be allowed back on,” the billionaire philanthropist said.
“It’s weird when you’re, you know, saying that the election was stolen without any facts there. And how corrosive that is,” Gates said.
“But I’ll bet they’ll find a way to let him back on.”