As a major investor in Twitter, the former CEO of Microsoft, and creator of new government data non-profit USAFacts.org, Steve Ballmer has a lot to stay about the current state of politics and technology.
He addresses those themes — from what, if anything, social media companies should do to curb the spread of misinformation to President Donald Trump’s right to free speech — in a new interview with Bloomberg Technology’s Emily Chang.
Watch the full interview below and continue reading for highlights.
On fake news: “Over time, there needs to be something that’s the equivalent of an authenticated user on Twitter…I think it would be nice to have authenticated sources so that people can say, ‘I really want to see not just what the crowd is saying but I want to hear from some authentic sources.’
On Trump: “We elected the president. Our country as a whole. He is our president and chief. I know there’s people who have problems with that and people who are supportive of that but at least when the president speaks, he’s speaking authentically for himself. In a sense that is a set of facts when major policy leader speaks. Everybody has the right to speak for themselves and that includes the president of the United States.”
On immigration: “There are complicated issues. There are issues of national security but there are also issues of economy and fundamental humanity and I do think it’s important to look all of those things, including humanity, as we address the plight of the so-called DACA issues.”
On Twitter abuse: “I believe in free speech but there is a point at which that becomes unreasonable and I do believe that whether it’s Facebook or Twitter or any other form of expression, there is a line that once crossed, you need to make sure that you are appropriately moving that stuff out of the public sphere.”