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Fact check: Satirical post on Gates Foundation microchipping medical and dental injections taken seriously

Posts on social media allege the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is spending “billions of dollars” to include tracking microchips in all medical and dental injections, warning the “only way to avoid being ‘chipped’” is to give up on any treatment. This is false.

Reuters Fact Check. REUTERS/Axel Schmidt

Different iterations of the claim haven been shared over 57,700 times on Facebook as of May 27, 2020. Examples of the post are visible here , here and here.

This claim was originally posted as satire on May 13, 2020. Its author, Sam Powell ( here ) later described the post on his Facebook profile as “a wild exaggeration of false rumors already circulating” about Bill Gates and microchips.

“I stretched it to a ridiculous extreme to demonstrate just how willing the right wing extremists are to believe slanderous manipulations of the irrational fears of the anti-vaxxer community to demonize the allegedly liberal Gates and support their false tin idol Trump”, Powell wrote on Facebook, describing the post as a “subtle parody” ( here ).

A spokesperson for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation confirmed to Reuters this claim is untrue.

Reuters previously debunked a similar false claim on social media that U.S. philanthropist Gates planned to use microchip implants to fight the coronavirus ( here ).

During the coronavirus pandemic, Bill Gates, vaccines and microchips have been a popular target of misinformation. See some fact checks on these topics here , here , and here

VERDICT

False. The Gates Foundation is not putting microchips in all medical and dental injections. This post was originally intended as satire.

This article was produced by the Reuters Fact Check team. Read more about our work to fact-check social media posts here  . 

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