Fact-checked by: AFP

2021/01/19 | South Africa

FALSE: Billionaire Bill Gates said the world should be depopulated of billions of people, starting in Africa.

Explanation: There is no public record of Gates making these remarks. Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Microsoft founder -- who has poured hundreds of millions of dollars into the fight against the novel coronavirus -- has been the target of many false or misleading allegations, including about forced population control. His foundation has repeatedly refuted these claims, which have also been debunked by AFP Fact Check.

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