Bill Gates Thinks the Purchase of WhatsApp was a Bold Move

Bill Gates decided to talk about a series of subjects during his latest interview. The founder of Microsoft claimed that Facebook’s move to purchase WhatsApp actually was a very bold one. 

“Fifty years ago, no 55-person company was bought for $19 billion. And that’s a good thing,” Gates said during his interview with This Week Sunday. WhatsApp was purchased by Facebook in February for the record sum of no less than $19 billion. 

It has been said that Facebook wanted to buy WhatsApp for the access it can offer to no less than 450 million users. This was the biggest acquisition for Facebook so far, after the purchase of Instagram for $1 billion. While some have criticized Mark Zuckerberg for paying that much on this service, some seem to think that this is an amazing deal. 

Well, Bill Gates seems to be sure that it wasn’t such a bad idea, as this service might be a great addition for Facebook. “It’s an example of how he’s an out-of-the-box thinker, he’s aggressive, I hope it works out for him– not everybody would’ve done it.  I’ll say that for sure,” Gates said. 

Gates went on to talk about the leaks that Edward Snowden has released to the world. It seems that Gates is not very supportive with his actions. The founder of Microsoft said that he actually thinks that Snowden broke the law, so in his eyes the man who leaked documents of the NSA is not a hero. 

“I certainly wouldn’t characterize him as a hero. If he wanted to raise the issues and stay in the country and engage in civil disobedience or something of that kind, or if he had been careful in terms of what he had released, then it would fit more of the model of “OK, I’m really trying to improve things.” You won’t find much admiration from me,” Gates said. 

However, this does not mean that Gates is pro surveillance by the government. The founder of Microsoft said that the government has its ways of accessing data, but the circumstances in which they are allowed to do these things should be debated.

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