Microsoft founder Bill Gates, often entangled in conspiracy theories, says he created the corona virus and wanted to “eliminate 15% of the world’s population”. He denied these allegations.
Billionaire Bill Gates on July 23 denied some conspiracy theories that he created the Covid-19 pandemic.
“It’s a bad combination of pandemics, social media and people who want a simple explanation,” the Microsoft founder said in an interview with CNN .
Since the beginning of the epidemic, collage photos and fabricated articles targeting the billionaire have been shared thousands of times on social networks and messaging apps.
A video alleging that Mr. Gates wants to “eliminate 15% of the world’s population” with vaccinations and microchips has attracted millions of views on YouTube.
“Our organization spends more money buying vaccines than anyone else,” Gates said of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
He has pledged to spend $ 250 million on efforts to combat the pandemic and his organization has spent billions on improving health care in developing countries over the past 20 years.
“They reverse everything. They say we make money and are killing people with vaccines or by inventing something,” Mr. Gates said.
“Yes, we are related to vaccines, but they have actually overturned this connection,” Gates said, hoping that conspiracy theories would not make people “hesitant about getting vaccinated.”
Since the start of the crisis, AFP has dismissed dozens of rumors against billionaire Bill Gates on platforms like Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram in multiple languages including English, French , Spanish, Polish and Czech.
Some posts also claim that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has arrested Mr. Gates for bioterrorism or Mr. Gates supports a conspiracy to poison the West of the West.
They accused the billionaire of taking advantage of the crisis to “control people” or “make money from selling vaccines”.
“I am a believer in clarifying the truth,” Gates told CNN .
This is not the first time billionaire Bill Gates has been caught up in conspiracy theories. When the Zika virus broke out in 2015 in Brazil, he was one of the Western power figures blamed.