Bill Gates denies conspiracy theories he created virus outbreak

first_imgA 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.”Our foundation has given more money to buy vaccines to save lives than any group,” Gates said, referring to his eponymous foundation.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.”So you just turn that around. You say, ok, we’re making money and we’re trying to kill people with vaccines or by inventing something,” Gates continued. “And at least it’s true, we’re associated with vaccines, but you actually have sort of flipped the connection,” he said, adding he hopes the conspiracies don’t generate “vaccine hesitancy.”Since the start of the crisis, AFP Fact Check has debunked dozens of anti-Gates rumors circulating on platforms like Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram in languages including English, French, Spanish, Polish and Czech.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. They accuse the tycoon of exploiting the crisis, whether it is to “control people” or make money from selling vaccines.”I’m a big believer in getting the truth out,” Gates told CNN.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. Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates on Thursday pushed back against some of the conspiracy theories spreading online accusing him of creating the coronavirus outbreak.”It’s a bad combination of pandemic and social media and people looking for a very simple explanation,” the Microsoft founder said during a CNN Town Hall interview.Doctored photos and fabricated news articles crafted by conspiracy theorists — shared thousands of times on social media platforms and messaging apps, in various languages — targeting Gates have gained traction online since the start of the pandemic.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Pablo Mari sends message to Arsenal fans after impressive debut against Portsmouth

first_img Full Screen Advertisement Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling Skip Ad Read More PLAY Top articles by Metro Skip Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Advertisement Read More About Connatix V67539 Pablo Mari impressed on his debut (Picture: Getty)Arsenal new boy Pablo Mari admits he was ‘happy’ with his performance on his full debut for the club in a 2-0 win against Portsmouth in the FA Cup.The Spaniard joined the Gunners on loan from Flamengo in January and was making his first appearance for the club as goals from Eddie Nketiah and Sokratis sealed Arsenal’s path through to the next round.Mikel Arteta was certainly pleased with Mari’s performance and praised the 26-year-old after the win at Fratton Park. Comment Read More Mari was making his full debut (Picture: Getty)‘He is very vocal and very comfortable on the ball, always commanding the back four and he looked like he’s played here for months. I think we have a good player,’ said Arteta.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Pablo Mari sends message to Arsenal fans after impressive debut against Portsmouth / 1/1 Read More Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 3 Mar 2020 6:43 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Coming Next Read More And Mari was equally satisfied with his own display, admitting he was ‘happy’ with his full debut in a post on Instagram.‘On to the next round of the #EmiratesFACup. Happy with the win and my debut for @arsenal,’ said Mari.‘Huge team effort and great support from our fans! Let’s go Gunners!’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalArsenal now await their opponents for the next round before Arteta’s attention turns back to the Premier League.The Gunners host West Ham at the Emirates on Saturday in full knowledge that their league position will determine whether they qualify for the Champions League next season.A shock 2-1 defeat to Olympiacos last Thursday ended Arsenal’s hopes of winning the Europa League, which was a second viable way of returning to the Champions League.Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Shay Given sends warning to Man Utd manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer over Dean Henderson SPONSORED Video Settings 1 min. storylast_img read more