Chipping and Population Reduction: Conspiracy Theories About Bill Gates
Even though Microsoft founder Bill Gates was one of those who warned about the danger of a pandemic and at the very beginning allocated $10 million to fight COVID-19, he later turned into the main conspiracy villain.
Today, Bill Gates has become the protagonist of multiple conspiracy theories. Their authors accuse the billionaire of destroying the population and even intending to launch the “Hunger Games.”
This article will tell you how philanthropist Bill Gates became the main target of conspiracy theorists.
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On May 14, Italian politician Sara Cunial uploaded a video to her Facebook in which she called Gates a criminal and demanded that he be tried for crimes against humanity. As Cunial explained, Gates is developing a vaccine against COVID-19 to enslave the world’s population and turn people into “guinea pigs.”
Although Facebook marked the video as unreliable, more than a million people viewed only one of its versions. The fact is that it fell well into the mood of society: according to a survey, 44% of Republicans in the United States believe that Gates plans to use COVID-19 vaccination to implant microchips and monitor people’s movements.
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“Chemical weapons” against African women
In 2010, Ghana launched the MOTECH project — a government initiative partially funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
The essence of the project was to use mobile phones and partnership with public health institutions to provide residents of the country, mainly women and children, with better medical services — including through the distribution of 22 essential medicines and contraceptives, approved by the Government of Ghana.
One of the key players in MOTECH was James Phillips, a demographer and professor at Columbia University. Phillips had been working on public health issues in rural Ghana for more than a decade. However, after launching the project in 2010, Phillips had a conflict with one of the managers — Mame-Yaa Bosumtwi. Soon, the woman made a statement accusing Phillips of experimenting with the contraceptive Depo-Provera, alleging it was only a pilot project for population-level birth control in the country.
This led to the emergence of theories that Bill Gates is financing a “chemical war” against African women to reduce the population. The rumors caused a public outcry that lasted for several years.
Public figures in African countries, such as Zimbabwe and Kenya, began actively warning women about the dangers of Western contraceptives and vaccinations.
In 2012, in an interview, Melinda Gates noted that the idea is not to influence African countries’ population somehow. Instead, the essence of the global problem is the absence of “family planning” on the modern agenda. Melinda said that every family should have the opportunity to decide when they want to have a baby.
Bill Gates has noted that if states take care of the development of their economies and the education of people, then the population level may reduce from a critical point for some countries. This raises the question of birth control and family planning — solving these issues, according to business people, could help to cope with many social difficulties.
Biological weapons laboratory
The 2014 Ebola epidemic was also not spared by the authors of conspiracy theories. Several conspiracy sites have started publishing information about the American biological weapons laboratories sponsored by the Gates and Soros Foundations in Sierra Leone where, according to conspiracy theorists, the Ebola virus originated.
However, no connection of the billionaires with the Ebola outbreak has ever been proven. The Gates Foundation provided financial assistance to residents of West Africa, but this was through a donation of $50 million to fight the virus and prevent its spread.
Illegal testing of vaccinations on children
In 2014, information began to appear on the internet calling for the trial of Bill Gates for illegal testing of a vaccine against the human papillomavirus.
The Gates Foundation funded the vaccine research. The non-profit organization PATH conducted it. In 2010, the vaccination program was suspended by the Indian government due to the death of seven girls who participated in the study. The Gates Foundation immediately stopped funding the project. Later it turned out that the deaths were not related to vaccination.
Violations in the vaccination process were still found, but they did not concern the vaccine itself or Bill Gates, but rather the PATH company. In 2013, human rights organizations published a report accusing the organization of gross violation of children’s rights, since the consent to vaccination was signed not by the legal guardians of the girls, but by the school principal. PATH disagreed with the conclusions and evidence presented in the report.
Mass chipping with a vaccine
Conspiracy theories about Bill Gates’ involvement in reducing the world’s population became popular again in the spring of 2020, at the height of the coronavirus pandemic. In April, a petition even appeared on the White House website accusing the Gates Foundation of “medical negligence and crimes against humanity” and demanding an investigation of the foundation’s activities.
The theory became popular because many people remembered Bill Gates’ speech at a TED Talk in 2015. In his speech, the philanthropist and entrepreneur said that humanity should not be afraid of a nuclear war but a virus that can kill millions of people.
In the first weeks of the lockdown, the number of video views of the TED Talk increased by 25 million. Particular attention was paid to Gates’ speech by opponents of the vaccine and supporters of QAnon, as well as members of the far-right political wing. They used the video to reinforce their theory that Bill Gates planned the pandemic in order to control the global health system.
But the theory of chipping the population with a coronavirus vaccine has gained great popularity. This idea spread because of an interview in which Bill Gates talked about digital certificates that allow you to determine who has had the coronavirus, who has been tested for antibodies, and who has already been vaccinated.
Even though Gates did not mention any implants, his statement led to the publication of an article about tattoo-microchips that can control the spread of coronavirus through implantation into human skin. The authors of the article referred to the development of a Rice University microchip. The Gates Foundation funded the creation of the chip.
By the way, about 28% of Americans believed that implanting a chip to fight coronavirus and influence the population is true.
In fact, when talking about digital certificates, Gates had in mind the creation of a website that would help people independently control the spread of the virus. The same platform was successfully launched in South Korea. On the website, you can see where people with a positive covid test have been — this allows other users of the platform to monitor their movement and prevents the spread of the disease.
Later, in addition to Rice University, the British Veterinary Institute Pirbright became the focus of attention. A few years ago, Pirbright patented a vaccine against a coronavirus infecting chickens, and some of the institute’s research is funded by the Gates Foundation — this provoked a number of rumors and attacks on social media.
But not only the English-speaking community began to spread theories about Bill Gates’ involvement in the 2020 pandemic. Arab communities appeared on Facebook, where they discussed Gates’ “terrible plan,” the upcoming “Hunger Games,” and “blocking the Sun.”
The emergence of new conspiracy theories starring Gates is inevitable, especially given that on Facebook and Twitter it is still difficult to combat misinformation. Believe it or not — it’s up to you.
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