Bill Gates blames Facebook and Twitter for COVID-19 spread.
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With coronavirus cases continuing to rise across the U.S., Microsoft Bill Gates laid the blame on social media companies such as Facebook and Twitter, saying they can do better at curbing the spread of misinformation about the virus.
“Can the social media companies be more helpful on these issues?” Bill Gates said during an interview with Fast Company. “What creativity do we have? Sadly, the digital tools probably have been a net contributor to spreading what I consider crazy ideas.”
The U.S. reported over 50,000 new cases of COVID-19 for the first time on Wednesday, according to the COVID Tracking Project.
States reported over 50k cases for the first time today, another new record. The national positivity rate is over 7% now, despite ever higher testing levels.
Hospitalizations are now at late-May levels. pic.twitter.com/erSW8W37jj
— The COVID Tracking Project (@COVID19Tracking) July 1, 2020
Facebook spokesperson in defense highlighted several initiatives the Mark Zuckerberg-led company has taken since the start of the pandemic.
“Since January, we’ve worked closely with health organizations, like the CDC, to connect people to accurate information about COVID-19 and we will continue to do more.” “We’ve directed over 2 billion people to resources from health authorities and just today launched an alert at the top of Facebook and Instagram reminding everyone to wear face coverings to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. We’re also aggressively going after misinformation and have applied warning labels to millions of pieces of misinformation and have removed content that could lead to imminent harm.”
Twitter on the other hand refused to comment.
Bill Gates touched on a number of other subjects at the virtual conference, including people not wearing masks, which he described as “hard to understand.”
“It’s not expensive, and yet some people feel it’s a sign of freedom or something, despite risk of infecting other people,” the 64-year-old said.
Despite Gates’ criticism, Facebook, in particular, has taken several steps in an effort to aid researchers trying to fight the pandemic.
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