Or not especially. From Mashable:
If you read the Financial Times headline Tuesday morning, you suddenly knew where Gates stands: “Bill Gates backs FBI iPhone hack request,” read the headline.
Within hours, media outlets around the world, including Mashable, were repeating the news. Gates’ seeming support of the FBI’s efforts to get Apple to build software to hack its own devices came as a shock. Gates’ seeming support of the FBI’s efforts to get Apple to build software to hack its own devices came as a shock. It ran counter to what most tech leaders were saying and, for some, may have stood as a proxy for Microsoft, whose CEO, Satya Nadella, had yet to publicly opine on the topic.
Hours later, though, Gates, talking to the Bloomberg Business television network, said it wasn’t true. The exchange is below:
Host: Were you blind-sided a bit? I came in this morning and saw headlines, “Bill gates backs FBI.”
Gates: Yeah, I was disappointed because that doesn’t state my view on this.”
Gates then outlined his views, which fell pretty much in the center of the debate, making him sound like he sits not with, according to a new Pew Research study, the 51% of Americans who think Apple should comply with the FBI, but with the 11% of fence sitters. More.
Meanwhile, the rest of Big Tech is supporting Apple: “Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Amazon now plan to support Apple in court in its fight with FBI”
Reality check: Few in the industry would want the US FBI to have a backdoor into the global phone business, where it would soon jostle every other type of regime hoping for mega-snoop rights—all for the public good, of course.
No one ever got elected for advocating the public bad.
See also: Apple vs. FBI: Congress should decide Whether Apple can be forced to build a backdooor into the iPhone for the FBI.