Since 2020, when the pandemic began to spread around the world, bill Gates has been one of the main targets of fake news related to the Coronavirus. At fake news include videos and social media posts, which say the billionaire created COVID-19 to profit from vaccines. In addition, some news even said that Gates is one of the members of a conspiracy that aims to wipe out the world’s population.
Last week, the entrepreneur was interviewed via Twitter by researcher and chair of global public health at the University of Edinburgh School of Medicine, Devi Sridhar.
When asked about the problems of disinformation on Facebook, Gates said that responsible bodies, such as the Center for Disease Control and the World Health Organization, need more resources to identify fake news and better communicate with the population. In this way, he pointed out that social media got in the way of spreading true information to people.
Fake news target
Bill Gates revealed that he did not expect to be the target of so many fake news on the Internet. According to the businessman, some of the main lies involving his name were theories about the implementation of chips during vaccinations in 2021.
“People like you (Devi Sridhar), myself and Tony Fauci have been the target of a lot of misinformation. I didn’t expect that. Some things like me putting chips in my arms just don’t make sense to me – why would I want to do that?” revealed Gates. through a publication.
Even with the fake news still circulating, Gates still believes the world can still turn around the adverse situation caused by the pandemic, saying, “We’ve made great strides in health and other goals. The pandemic is a huge setback – including rich countries that don’t focus so much on the needs of developing countries. I hope we can reverse that.”
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Via: Business Insider