Bill Gates accuses social media platforms of broadcasting COVID-19 in the United States

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Microsoft founder Bill Gates blamed social media companies such as Facebook and Twitter for spreading false information about COVID-19 during the pandemic.”Can social media companies be more helpful on these issues?” What creativity do we have? Unfortunately, digital tools have probably helped spread what I consider to be crazy ideas, “said Gates in an interview with the American magazine Fast Company. .

“Crazy ideas” include misinformation that convinces people not to wear masks and conspiracy theories about vaccines to fight the disease.

“A lot of them come in the form of a conspiracy, where someone has a conspiracy and my name even appears as potentially at the center of some conspiracies, so it’s a little scary,” said Gates, adding that the people want to be led. to the facts of the pandemic.

In 2015, Gates warned of global pandemics in a TED conference. This now-realized prediction has raised the plot theory that the billionaire is responsible for the creation of the new coronavirus, and Internet users have questioned the purpose of his heavy investment in vaccine development.

“We are in a crazy situation, so there are going to be some crazy rumors,” he said in an interview with CCTV in April, adding that the best resources, including experts, vaccine developers and medicines are needed to stop the current global pandemic.

“We must succeed [a vaccine] without focusing on just one country, we must do it for the world, including for countries that do not have the resources to pay for research on vaccines or vaccine factories, “said Gates.

A Facebook spokesperson responded to Gate’s criticism by highlighting the company’s initiatives to help deal with the global crisis.

“Since January, we have been working closely with health organizations, such as the CDC, to connect people with specific information about COVID-19 and we will continue to do more,” the spokesperson said in an email. at Fox News.

(Cover image: Microsoft founder Bill Gates speaks at the Bloomberg New Economy Forum in Beijing, China on November 21, 2019. / VCG)

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