Bill Gates is now the leading target for coronavirus conspiracies, says report | The Verge

1185999102.jpg.0 Bill Gates is now the leading target for coronavirus conspiracies, says report | The VergeBill Gates in 2019 when things were simpler. | Photo by Mike Cohen/Getty Images for The New York Times

Bill Gates is now the favorite target for coronavirus misinformation according to data compiled by the New York Times and Zignal Labs, a company that analyzes media sources. Conspiracy theories conflating Gates with the virus were mentioned 1.2 million times on TV and social media from February to April, 33 percent more often than the 2nd most popular conspiracy theory linking 5G with COVID-19, according to Zignal Labs, peaking at 18,000 mentions a day in April.

Hoaxes directed at the Microsoft co-founder turned philanthropist, are all over YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter. The New York Times found 16,000 posts on Facebook this year that were liked and commented on nearly 900,000 times. The 10 most popular Youtube videos spreading…

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