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Bill Gates: Facebook banning Trump 'forever' would not be 'that good'

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Bill Gates, author of ‘How to Avoid a Climate Disaster’, joins Yahoo Finance's Andy Serwer to discuss Facebook's implementation of an 'oversight board' and the company's decision to ban President Trump.

Video Transcript

ANDY SERWER: In a recent interview in the "New York Times" you said you would advise Mark Zuckerberg to implement an advisory board. Were you referring to the oversight board that just came out with its first ruling and will decide in a couple of months about whether President Trump should be allowed back on? And do you think he should be allowed back on?

BILL GATES: You know, Mark is, you know, I think a great person, really trying to maintain the great things about digital social networking and curb the hard ones. You know, most people don't have a really good solution of how you separate out the good and the bad and the role of government in the company. The oversight board, which I-- he might have been planning to do without-- was something that I suggested to him, that to get it out of, OK, what does Mark think? Rather, these are some eminent thinkers and in each country they may reflect the cultural values of that country. And so, you know, you're bringing them in with a sense of responsibility there.

I don't think banning, you know, somebody who actually did get a fair number of votes-- well less than a majority-- but, you know, I don't think having him off forever would be that good. You know, if he's spreading lies about the integrity of the election, does that need to be labeled? You know, is he actually less important in terms of causing trouble in the future than he was in the past? But it'd be kind of a shame if they have to use such an extreme measure when there are people who want to see debates around, you know, his views and splitting the digital world into, OK, here's this site that's, you know, for one party or part of one party, and here's another site for another one. That kind of polarization's probably not a good thing.