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Why do some people attract criticism? Is it simply cutting down to size? Envy? Tall Poppy? Organised? Revenge? Well, for Bill Gates and COVID-19 he is finding it hard to shake the totally unjustified mantle.

It seems each global crisis spawns the emergence of a new conspiracy theory. Bill Gates and COVID-19 is the next. While few predicted that we would face a global pandemic this year (apart from, interestingly, Gates himself), as soon as COVID-19 did arise, it was a pretty sure-fire bet that conspiracy theorists would accuse him of taking advantage of it. Sure enough, he was quickly and viciously accused.

So far, so predictable. But the fever pitch of conspiracy theorising around Gates and COVID-19 over the past few months has left many intelligent people wondering. Why the man is such a magnet for this stuff? I mean there must be a grain of truth in any conspiracy theory – wrong.

Conspiracy theorists need a credible villain. Usually picked at random and not based on any facts. Why they have picked Gates is beyond all reason.

Gates and COVID-19

He is rich, but certainly not the richest man on Earth (far from it). He is a tech billionaire. And though other tech companies – from Facebook to Amazonare often criticised for their privacy policies, few people link them to global conspiracies. Similarly, Gates is not the only billionaire to give significant sums of money to healthcare charities but seems to be the target of massively greater criticism for doing so. 

Bill Gates and COVID-19. Why is Bill Gates so often vilified?

Guest U.S. contributor Bernie Brode takes up the challenge.

Bernie Brode

This is Bernie’s first article for GadgetGuy. He has spent a lifetime delving into the inner workings of cryptography and now the confluence of nanotechnology and artificial intelligence.

  • Initially a software developer with IBM (for over a decade)
  • Managed Security Services Analyst for Check Point (for over a decade)
  • Now a nanotech researcher and cryptography consult (you guessed it – for over a decade)
  • Bachelor of Science – Computer Technology and Master’s Degree Nanobiotechnology

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Gates and Covid-19

First, let’s take the most recent “outbreak” of conspiracy theories about Gates. This one leverages the idea that Gates warned about the dangers of a global pandemic in 2015. He was not the only person pointing out these dangers. Even FEMA aired concerns months before the Covid-19 pandemic hit. For some people, this coincidence is too good to be true. 

There are two main claims now being made about Gates.

One is that he plans to develop a vaccine to implant microchips under the skin of every recipient.

The second – more extreme – is that he (and his shadowy cabal) created Covid-19, presumably to achieve the microchip plan.

Gates and COVID-19

That is like saying 5G Towers caused COVID, sorry the China Virus.

Any intelligent person sees these theories for what they are – laughably ill-informed conspiracies. The problem is that they are gaining more traction than any of the previous ‘Gates’ theories.

Theories falsely linking Bill Gates to the coronavirus were mentioned 1.2 million times on TV/social media between February and April. There are now more than 124 million web-reports – thankfully, most debunking it.