Bill Gates has become a COVID conspiracy voodoo doll

In 2015, at the TED conference in Vancouver, the stern Bill Gates took to the stage to issue a stern warning.

"If anything kills more than 10 million people in the next few decades, it is likely to be a highly contagious virus other than war," he told the audience.

The words of his show garnered some coverage - including the BBC at the time - but were largely unheard of.

But now, the video has now been viewed more than 64 million times - and many are more interested in the reasons behind that speech.

Some claim that he is leading the Global Elite. Others believe they are leading efforts to tear the world apart.

He alleged that the vaccine was mandated, or even trying to make microchips public.

The face of public health

“There are countless conspiracies around Bill Gates from Fact-Draft News to Fact-Checkers,” said Rory Smith.

"All these societies are the kind of voodoo doll that engages with her conspiracies. And it's amazing to see her become a voodoo doll - because she's always the face of public health."

According to a study by The New York Times and Signal Labs, theories linking Bill Gates to coronaviruses between February and April were mentioned 1.2 million times on television or social media.

Most of the content is posted on public Facebook groups and has been shared millions of times from here.

First draft news has found that Chinese viral video site TickTalk is becoming the new home for such conspiracies.

The BBC's Interruption Prevention Team is investigating a few more outsiders.

  • The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation tested vaccines on children in Africa and India, claiming they caused thousands of deaths and irreparable injuries. One post indicated that he is facing trial in India.
  • He is accused of injecting tetanus vaccine in Kenya with abortion drugs

  • A video on the website of The New American Magazine's Facebook page continues the theme of mass displacement through vaccinations and abortion and links Mr. Gates to the Communist Party of China. It has been shared 6,500 times and viewed over 200,000 times. 

  • Meanwhile, Gates has been viewed on YouTube nearly two million times in a video claiming that the microchip wants people.
Rich and famous

So the Microsoft founder, who runs a philanthropic venture with his wife, Melinda, has invested billions in global health care, becoming the underdog of Kovid-19 conspiracy theorists?

Professor Joseph Usinski, a political scientist at Miami University and author of books on conspiracy theories, believes he is rich and famous.

"Conspiracy theories accuse powerful people of doing terrible things," he told the BBC. “The principles are basically the same, only the names change.

"Before Bill Gates, it was George Soros and the Koch brothers and the Rothschildren and the Rockefellers."

Most conspiracy theories "die on wine" and endure "big villains and problems that people care about."

"It is not surprising that rich and big corporations are accused of conspiring to put chips in our throats because we are afraid," he said.

"It's been a conspiracy theory ammo for a long time."

When he thinks such conspiracies are “not leaning towards the truth,” people are still falling for him.

According to a survey by Yahoo News and YouGov, one-fourth of Americans and 44% of Republicans believe that the Bill Gates Kovid-19 vaccine is used to transform microchips under people's skin.

Mr. Smith often thinks that there is "a part of the truth" that is taken "out of context."

So, for example, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation funded a study conducted last year by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which looked at the possibility of storing a patient's vaccine history in a color sample. It is not visible to the naked eye and can be distributed under the skin at the same time as a vaccine.

The origins of conspiracy theories are hard to pin down - but the Internet is expected to expand them.

"Before the Internet, they were self-sufficient and only existed in their own echo chambers or bubbles in some communities, but the Internet allows them to navigate the political paths between communities, so I think there's a lot of potential in mainstream conspiracy theories," Mr. Smith said.

And, conspiracy theories were particularly developed during this global epidemic, because people were “emotionally vulnerable”.

"The crisis is unprecedented in size and scope, and the process of consultation has begun as new studies have been published. There are large areas of uncertainty and humans continue to be uncertain," he said.

To counter this, the individual resorted to the so-called collective wisdom.

"We hold any information in order to inject any meaning and order. When the rumor mill begins. Conspiracy theories - and most importantly, Bill Gates' conspiracy theories - information. Fill in the blanks."

'Have to laugh'

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which committed m 300m (m 240m) to deal with the Kovid-19, is concerned about the barrage of false claims.

A statement to the BBC said: “We are concerned about the spread of conspiracies online and the damage they cause to public health.

"When the world is facing an unprecedented health and economic crisis, we are all worried that people are spreading false information when we need to find ways to cooperate and save lives. Right now, one of the best things is that we can spread the facts to prevent the spread of Kovid-19."

In an interview with the BBC, Bill Gates expressed surprise that he was the basis for such theories.

"When we develop a vaccine, 80 percent of the population wants to take it, and if they hear it is a plot, and we are not ready to take the vaccine to people, the disease will continue to kill people.

I wonder if some of it is focused on me. We pay, we write checks .. And yes, we want to protect the children from the disease but it has nothing to do with chips and such. You almost laugh sometimes. "

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