Bill Gates Outlines Plan for 3,000-Person Social Media Unit to Combat ‘Vaccine Misinformation’

The tech mogul wants to put out “good messages” about vaccines.

QUICK FACTS:
  • Microsoft founder and billionaire Bill Gates says he wants to create a social media unit made up of 3,000 people to help push positive messaging about vaccines.
  • Reclaim The Net reported that Gates’s plan is in response to questions about Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s acquisition of social media platform Twitter, which is expected to change the rules about information exchange on the platform.
  • Gates said he believes Musk could make Twitter worse and called for more censorship.
GATES’ THOUGHTS ON VACCINES & FREE SPEECH:
  • “When you don’t have the trusted leaders speaking out about vaccines, it’s pretty hard for the platform to work against that,” he stated according to CNBC. “So I think we have a leadership problem and we have a platform problem.”
  • “The way that you make those platforms spread truth and not crazy stuff, there’s some real invention required there,” Gates said. “It’s a huge problem in terms of legitimacy of elections or medical innovations … any sort of collective behavior,” he added.
BACKGROUND:
  • Gates has called information about drugs like hydroxychloroquine “insane” and said he thinks it’s dangerous for information about health issues to go unchecked. “I can’t explain that,” he said. “I don’t think digital is responsible for that obsession with drugs that don’t work.”
  • The Microsoft founder’s ideal team would be made up of trusted community members, including “political and ethnic leaders.”