Bill Gates Responds To Accusation Of Conspiracy Theories Leveled Against Him On Covid-19.
Billionaire and philanthropist, Bill gates has responded to some of the conspiracy theories spreading online accussations against him of creating the coronavirus outbreak.
Doctored photos and fabricated news articles crafted by conspiracy theorists and shared thousands of times on social media platforms and messaging apps, in various languages targeting gates have gained attractions online since the start of the pandemic.
A video accusing gates of wanting to eliminate 15 percent of the population through vaccination and electronic microchips has racked up millions of views on youtube.
He has pledged $250 million in efforts to fight the pandemic, and his foundation has spent billions of dollars improving health care in developing countries over the past 20 years.
Since the start of the crisis, dozens of anti-gates rumors circulating on platforms like facebook, whatsapp, and instagram in languages including english, french, spanish, polish, and czech have been debunked.
A number of accusations, including posts claiming that the fbi arrested gates for biological terrorism or that he supports a western plot to poison africans, share a common thread.
It is not the first time gates has found himself targeted by conspiracy theorists. When zika virus broke out in 2015 in brazil, he was one of several powerful western figures blamed for the disease.
Other rumors claim he is secretly a lizard, an old favorite among online trolls.