The Coronavirus Collection: The Gates Foundation

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Bill and Melinda Gates and their namesake foundation have been at the center of a hurricane of conspiracy theories.

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As rumors spread about the COVID-19 coronavirus disease pandemic in early 2020, an unlikely scapegoat emerged. Bill and Melinda Gates, longtime foes of anti-vaccine activists because of the Gates Foundation’s work in public health, became the center of a storm of misinformation and rumors. Snopes dug into the conspiracy theories.

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Did Bill Gates Brief the CIA in 2005 About a Mind-Altering Vaccine? A years-old hoax recirculated in 2020 — this time with Gates' name attached to it.
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Is Bill Gates Being Sued by India Over Vaccination Deaths? A fresh meme resurrected and combined some stale claims that we had already investigated at...
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Does Microsoft Own Patent ‘666’ About Implanting Microchips in People? The Redmond, Wash.-based computer company published a patent for a "cryptocurrency system using body activity...
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Are Bill Gates and the ID2020 Coalition Using COVID-19 To Build Global Surveillance State? Conspiracy theorists misrepresent Bill Gates’ funding of vaccination and digital-identity research as evidence of a...
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Did Bill Gates Tell George Magazine That an ‘Over-Populated Planet’ Would Fall to a ‘Lung-Attacking Virus’? Bill Gates was featured in a 1997 issue of George magazine, but so were other...
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Is ‘Center for Global Human Population Reduction’ Inscribed on a Gates Foundation Building? A doctored image was used to promulgate an old conspiracy theory about Bill Gates.
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Is This Microsoft Logo/Coronavirus Crop Circle Real? You don't need a field to create a crop circle hoax.
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Did Melinda Gates Wear an Upside-Down Cross? Critics claimed the billionaire philanthropist purposefully donned the symbol in video interviews about the COVID-19...
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Is Italy Calling for Bill Gates’ Arrest? While an Italian politician truly did call for Bill Gates to be arrested, this position...
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Was the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Kicked Out of India? A false controversy from 2009 continues to fuel misinformation many years later.
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Did Melinda Gates Say This About Black People and COVID-19 Vaccination? A meme alleged she said Black Americans "must be" first in line for a vax,...
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  • True
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