Russia Spreads Conspiracy Theory Linking Coronavirus Pandemic to Bill Gates
from the bashing-benevolent-billionaires dept.Wired investigated the vast spread of 5G/coronavirus conspiracy theories — and reports that “Amongst the conspiracy sludge, one voice stands out.”
“For more than a year, propaganda broadcaster RT has been attacking the roll-out of 5G.”While RT has never outright linked 5G to coronavirus, it has played a role in adding legitimacy to conspiracy theories surrounding the technology. As The New York Times reports, RT’s disinformation campaign against 5G — seemingly created to hinder the global roll-out of the technology so Russia can catch up — has since spread to a network of blogs and social media accounts, where it has been decoupled from Moscow’s propaganda firehose.
And it doesn’t stop at 5G. On January 29, RT’s Greenstein opened an afternoon news show with a five-minute monologue asking viewers to question the role of Bill Gates in the coronavirus pandemic. “Maybe this is something to consider when you’re reading headlines about how the Gates Foundation is pledging money to fight the coronavirus,” she says… While Greenstein stops short of accusing Gates of somehow planning the coronavirus outbreak, RT’s winks and nods have added fuel to another conspiracy theory that has also gone viral…
None of these conspiracy theories have a shred of truth in them, while some are outright dangerous.
The theory was spread further by a former U.K. sportsballer who livestreamed a two and a half hour interview Monday linking 5G and the coronavirus pandemic.
The BBC reports that YouTube has since deleted the video — watched by 65,000 viewers — in which a former football player turned conspiracy theorist “claimed that a coronavirus vaccine, when one is developed, would include ‘nanotechnology microchips’ that would allow humans to be controlled. He added that Bill Gates — who is helping fund Covid-19 vaccine research — should be jailed.”
Ironically, efforts to launch 5G networks are well underway in Russia itself, VentureBeat noted last spring, “and the New York Times reports that Russians have embraced even more extreme views on the high-frequency wireless signals: It’s believed that they can be used to heal wounds, fight hair loss, rejuvenate skin, and treat cancer.”Posted by EditorDavid April 12th