Says socials need to crack down harder.
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Microsoft founder Bill Gates says he is shocked by the “crazy conspiracy theories” surrounding COVID-19 and that social media networks should take more steps to minimize them.
Noting that the combination of social media and a pandemic is something that’s never existed before, Gates said “nobody would have predicted” the attention he and Dr. Fauci have received.
The billionaire said “really evil theories” about whether he had created the pandemic or tried to profit from it had been allowed to circulate.
“Do people really believe that stuff?” asked Gates, asserting, “We’re going to have to get educated about this over the next year and understand how does it change people’s behavior.”
Gates said that more work needed to be done with social media companies to “minimize” such discussion and that the Gates Foundation could also take steps to make sure it was “explaining what we were up to in a better way.”
This is not the first time that Gates has addressed conspiracy theories about COVID. He previously labeled them “crazy” in a September 2020 interview.
The philanthropist has asserted that the world won’t return to normal until there is widespread adoption of the vaccine and that lockdowns, masks and social distancing will continue throughout all of this year and into 2022.
Although many of Gates’ wealthy friends at the World Economic Forum are insisting that people in the future will have to forego property ownership, Gates himself has recently been buying up farmland in vast quantities.
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