In the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, when billions of dollars were pouring into research into new treatments and vaccines, veteran Silicon Valley (USA) businessman Steve Kirsch tried to spread an anti-vaccine message.
Since making his fortune as the founder of Infoseek, an early search engine that was the Google of its day, Kirsch has spent millions of dollars on various studies to test his theories.
Thus, he has taken extreme positions on the Covid-19 vaccines, arguing that they are “toxic”. In an FDA public forum, which was first published by the Daily Beast, Kirsch said that one in 1,000 people who received mRNA vaccines died as and even when the vaccines “they kill more people than they save.”
Against this open anti-vaccination backdrop, the millionaire shared on Twitter that he offered $100,000 to a passenger next to him on a Delta Airlines flight. So that? So that he would take off the mask he was wearing.
“Right now I’m aboard a Delta flight. The person sitting next to me in first class He refused $100,000 to take off his mask for the entire flight.” wrote the millionaire. “It’s not a joke. This was after I explained they don’t work. He works for a pharmaceutical company.”
Kirsch accompanied his post with a selfie that showed him smiling aboard the entire flight. He did not disclose the destination he was traveling to.
Kirsch is a Silicon Valley veteran who credited with one of the first versions of the optical mouse in 1980. He later co-founded Frame Technology Corp, which was purchased by Adobe in 1995, and created the Infoseek search engine, which was sold to Disney in 1999.
His net worth was reported to be $230 million in 2007.
His Twitter account, in which he describes himself as a “truth” and a “critical thinker,” is complete with links to articles that are also skeptical about the existence of Covid-19 and the practices of wearing masks.
Kirsch’s Twitter thread quickly went viral, with many criticizing the tech millionaire for his behavior.
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