Microsoft founder Bill Gates cautioned that his billionaire opponent Elon Musk could possibly make Twitter a worse platform - and declined to reveal whether or not he shorted Tesla, as Musk has claimed. On Wednesday, Gates spoke at The Wall Street Journal's CEO Council Summit and was questioned regarding Musk's potential impact on Twitter after his $44 billion acquisition of the social media platform last month. [tweet_embed] May 6, 2022[/tweet_embed] Gates announced that while Musk has a good track record, he could make misinformation on the platform worse. "He actually could make it worse," Gates stated. "That's not his track record. His track record with Tesla and SpaceX is pretty mind-blowing at putting together a great team of engineers and taking people who work in those fields in a less bold way and really showing them up. I kind of doubt that'll happen this time but we should have an open mind and never underestimate Elon." Though Gates did question Musk's intentions with the app. The South African-born billionaire has announced his purchase of Twitter is motivated primarily by a wish to restore the app as a place for the free exchange of ideas, and has repeatedly announced he wishes to move away from "censorship" and err on the side of free speech. [tweet_embed] May 6, 2022[/tweet_embed] Musk, who calls himself a free speech absolutist, has denounced Twitter's moderation policies. "You know, what's his goal?" Gates questioned. "When he talks about openness, how does he feel about something such as 'vaccines kill people ' or that'Bill Gates is tracking people' is that one of the things he feels should be spread? so It's not totally clear what he is going to do." "Are his goals for what it ends up being, does it match this idea of less extreme falsehoods spreading so quickly, weird conspiracy theories, does he share that goal or not?" Gates pondered. Gates further continued that he has not taken Musk's recent tweets about him personally. Last month Musk dissed Gates' gut on Twitter posting a pivture of the Microsoft mogul alongside Apple's controversial pregnant man emoji "in case you need to kill a boner." Gates further declined to reveal whether or not he personally shorted Tesla, saying that climate change was a focus of the Gates Foundation. "It's possible the stock went down and whoever shorted the stock made money, I don't know," he announced. [tweet_embed] May 6, 2022[/tweet_embed] "I don't think whether one's short or long Tesla is a statement about your seriousness about climate change," he continued, "I applaud Tesla's role in helping with climate change. I have nothing but positive things to say about Elon, if he makes Twitter worse, fine, I'll speak out about that, but I wouldn't assume that's what's going to happen,"