MICROSOFT founder Bill Gates had some sympathy for the former president, saying Facebook should let Donald Trump return to the platform despite his "corrosive" statements made during the Capitol riots.
Gates made his views public when discussing Facebook's lifetime ban of Trump, saying the social media platform should eventually lift said ban.
The philanthropist said on Thursday that the social media giant should reconsider its lifetime ban on the president, saying it would be better to follow their original plans.
"I think at some point he probably will be allowed back on and probably should be allowed back on," Gates told Andrew Ross Sorkin on CNBC's "Squawk Box" on Thursday.
Facebook was the first of many social media companies to force Trump off of its platform following the failed coup attempt on the Capitol on January 6 where Trump told his supporters to "fight."
The platform was to ban Trump "indefinitely" in January, citing potential risks of violence were Trump to use Facebook. It said it would reinstate Trump's account until the end of his presidency last month but has yet to do so.
Facebook instead gave the decision to its Oversight Board, which will determine what action to take up to 90 days from January 21.
Following Facebook's lead, Twitter announced Trump's permanent ban from its platform "due to the risk of further incitement of violence."
Gates called Trump's false election comments "corrosive" but added Trump is probably hoping Facebook will "find a way to let him back on" while adding warning labels to his posts.
"You know in a way … people's interest in what he says may go down quite a bit," Gates said. "That'll be interesting to watch."
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