Bill Gates Is Targeted by Social-Media Mobs
Coronavirus crisis intensifies conspiracy theories and online harassment of Microsoft co-founder
The head of the World Health Organization, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, urged solidarity in the global response to the coronavirus pandemic and said they regret the Trump administration’s decision to suspend funding to the WHO. Photo: Salvatore Di Nolfi/Shutterstock
By Deepa Seetharaman
(wsj)–Bill Gates last week posted a three-second video on Instagram of himself hanging a sign in a window reading “Thank you health care workers.” Over the following days, the post was pelted with hundreds of thousands of comments painting Mr. Gates as partisan, accusing him of crimes against humanity and linking him to various conspiracy theories involving vaccines, the World Health Organization and implanted microchips.