For all of the people who are really afraid of Bill Gates injecting you a mind-controlling microchip next time.. We did some research on this topic and were able to trace the rumour back to its origin. It’s a thread on Reddit from March 18th, 2020 in which Gates – who seems to have a Reddit account himself – answered the questions of the users.
One user asked:
“What changes are we going to have to make to how businesses operate to maintain our economy while providing social distancing?”
“The question of which businesses should keep going is tricky. Certainly food supply and the health system. We still need water, electricity and the internet. Supply chains for critical things need to be maintained. Countries are still figuring out what to keep running. – Eventually we will have some digital certificates to show who has recovered or been tested recently or when we have a vaccine who has received it.”
And this is what another user made of Gates’ answer later in this thread:
“THERE IT IS PEOPLE – This is the day the conspiracy theorists we all make fun have been warning about for decades. Mass mandatory micro-chipping, mass mandatory vaccinations, constant monitoring of your every move, rationing of food and water, authoritarian measures of every kind. The ultra-rich have been planning this for a long time, and we’re heading into the endgame. If you were ever planning on waking up, now is the time.”
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Based on the comments there is no plausible way from “Eventually we will have some digital certificates” to “mass mandatory micro-chipping”. – Digital certificates can be entries in a local database – shielded by privacy rights, the voluntary use of a tracing app or digitally stored information at your doctor’s office.
There is also no plausible way from “We still need water, electricity and the internet.” to “constant monitoring of your every move, rationing of food and water, authoritarian measures of every kind”.
Of course, a healthy distrust regarding government actions is always important in a democracy. But a refusal to vaccinate should (from our point of view) be based on more relevant data than on an anonymous comment on Reddit, who even does not correctly refer to the original statement.
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and the expanded thread: