Billionaire Bill Gates spoke out in favor of censorship of free speech on social networks after declaring that social networks should make more of an effort to prevent people from talking about “crazy things online.”
Microsoft’s co-founder criticized the emerging social network Parler on Tuesday, Nov. 17, for not establishing restrictions on content that, according to the platform’s executive director, is moderated by the users themselves, who decide “what is allowed and what is not.”
During a talk at the New York Times Dealbook Summit, Gates questioned the content uploaded to the alternative social network, claiming that it includes “crazy stuff” and criticized the users, calling them too extreme for Facebook or Twitter.
Regarding Parler’s content policies, which focus on not limiting freedom of expression, Gates said ironically, “If you want Holocaust denial, hey, Parler will be great for you,” he said, while assuring that asking social platforms to “be the arbiter of all these things is pretty hard.”
Parler takes a much more laissez-faire approach, offering a platform where users, “freed from constraints,” can publicly express their ideas.
Parler CEO John Matze reacted on Wednesday to Gates’s comments from his personal page on his platform, writing:,”Bill Gates calling the people of Parler crazy? I guess, judge us based on those who criticize us.”
Since early November, Parler has topped the list of iOS and Android downloads within the United States after it was promoted by high profile figures such as Fox News anchor Sean Hannity, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) or anchor Maria Bartiromo, according to Newsweek.
The platform has recently been installed 312,199 times over the past [seven] days. The [seven] days before that, it was downloaded 150,117 times,” he added, according to Fox News.
Meanwhile, Bill Gates has in recent months extolled the content ban imposed by Facebook and Twitter, claiming they were doing a “better job” at detecting comments and censoring information deemed ‘dubious’ about the pandemic.
In an interview with CNBC in July, Gates criticized the wide dissemination that information can achieve on social networks, saying that such a feature did not allow companies like Facebook and Twitter to achieve a balance.
“When you let people communicate, you have to deal with the fact that certain incorrect things that are very titillating can spread very rapidly compared to the truth. And we’ve always seen that with vaccines.”
Gates, who is known as the world’s largest vaccine producer, as well as the main donor to the much questioned World Health Organization, was one of the people who incessantly pressured the social networks to eliminate any content related to the misnamed “conspiracy theories,” which question the official reports on the coronavirus.
The billionaire is also one of the greatest promoters of the idea of eugenics, and he is one of the main funders of projects aimed at achieving a drastic reduction in the planet’s population.