Bill Gates under fire after new interview on COVID-19 vaccine

Microsoft co-founder, Bill Gates has come under fire on Twitter after he complained of misinformation on COVID-19 vaccines on social media.

The billionaire in an interview with CNBC said that misinformation spread faster than the truth on social media services.

“When you let people communicate, you have to deal with the fact that certain incorrect things that are very titillating can spread very rapidly compared to the truth. And we’ve always seen that with vaccines,” Gates said.

He said facts travel slowly on social media compared with “negative” misinformation, which makes it difficult for companies like Facebook and Twitter to strike a balance.

“To the degree to which these media companies can see what’s being said on their platform and take things that are absolutely wrong and get rid of those things or slow those things down, that’s very tough,” he said.

Gates said Facebook's decision to encrypt users’ direct messaging on WhatsApp has further further complicated the policing of misinformation.

“Some of the messages on their platform, they don’t even see because of the encryption on WhatsApp,” Gates said. “In order to not have any responsibility, they’ve made that opaque. You know, so whatever the issues — anti-vaccine, child pornography — they have made sure they can’t intervene on those things.”

Gates also touched on Tesla and SpaceX CEO, Elon Musk’s comments about Covid-19, telling the automaker entrepreneur to stay in his lane.

“Elon’s positioning is to maintain a high level of outrageous comments,” Gates said. “He’s not much involved in vaccines. He makes a great electric car. And his rockets work well. So he’s allowed to say these things. I hope that he doesn’t confuse areas he’s not involved in too much.”

 Musk has been skeptical about some of the restrictions put in place by governments to quell the spread of COVID-19.

The Tesla CEO had described California’s stay-at-home order as “fascist” in nature, calling on the government to “Give people back their goddamn freedom.”

Later on in a tweet, the automaker pointed out that the number of COVID-19 cases was rising dramatically while the number of deaths was not.

He tweeted, “There are a ridiculous number of false positive COVID-19 tests, in some cases, 50%. False positives scale linearly with number of tests.

“This is a big part of why COVID-19 positive tests are going up while hospitalizations and mortality are declining. Anyone who tests positive should retest.”

Also in a New York Times interview published Saturday, the billionaire Tesla CEO said, “I think the reality of COVID-19 is that it is dangerous if you’re elderly and have pre-existing conditions.

“It absolutely makes sense to have a lockdown if you’re vulnerable. I do not think it makes sense to have a lockdown if you’re not vulnerable.”

And many Twitter Users are also telling Bill Gates to stay in his lane as he is just a programmer, and not a medical doctor.

The interview which was conducted on Monday aired on Tuesday, few hours after US based Dr Stella Emmanuel delivered an emotional speech on COVID-19 in Washington DC.

In her speech, the Nigerian trained physician said that antimalarial drug, hydroxychloroquine, zinc, and antibacterial drug, Zithromax, were effective cures for the virus.

The doctor dismissed experts’ warning that hydroxychloroquine could cause serious heart problems for coronavirus patients, citing her experience with the use of the drug.

She said she had successfully treated no fewer than 350 patients with hydroxychloroquine, zinc, and Zithromax, and none died.

The video of her speech was later blocked by Twitter, Facebook and Youtube, for "conveying misleading information" about COVID-19 cure.

And now Twitter Users are wondering why a trained doctor is being censored from speaking on COVID-19 and a software developer who has no knowledge of medicine should be allowed to freely express his opinion.

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