In the UK last week, at least three arson attacks hit 5G antennas. The origin of these events will come from conspiracy theories circulating on the Internet. According to this theory, 5G radiation will be the cause of the spread of coronavirus. At the same time, YouTube is taking action to prevent the spread of such fake news.
There are many criticisms of the 5G wave in different media and social networks. In addition to verifiable facts such as tissue overheating caused by electromagnetic radiation, false information is still circulating, which leads us to believe that 5G waves are the cause of many diseases.
In the UK, various conspiracy theories about COVID-19 have been circulating online. Based on this information, 5G antenna facilities will be responsible for the spread of this virus. Waves of radiation make human cells more susceptible to viruses. Another conspiracy theory claims that the coronavirus has been used as a smoke screen to cover up the health damage caused by 5G radiation. These theories are based on the fact that by the end of 2019, China has installed many 5G antennas. For Stephen Powis, a medical adviser to the German government, these claims are “absolutely absurd, and the worst kind is fakes.” news”.
Due to this wave of misinformation and false rumors, there were several arson attacks in Birmingham, Liverpool and Merlin in Merseyside last week. The British police are currently investigating these fires. British mobile phone company EE Limited strongly condemns these actions. It’s worth mentioning that with all of us confined, damaging the communication antenna is harmful to the entire community, so more connections are needed than ever before.
After Vodafone and O2 reported an attack on its 5G antenna, Google responded immediately. For this company, one problem is to continue to take measures that have taken effect since February, which seek to combat false news while respecting freedom of speech. Therefore, the YouTube platform owned by Google will reduce content recommendations that will spread false theories that link 5G and Covid-19 together. But at present, this is different from banning videos that promote medically unfounded methods to prevent coronavirus. This is not banning any type of content. Due to complaints registered by the authorities, these erroneous medical remedies have been removed from YouTube.
The social network Facebook has not yet commented on these arson cases. Despite all the efforts, the platform is still one of the hot spots of various conspiracy networks. For example, in Germany recently, there are rumors online confirming that all Kaufland warehouses have been closed due to the spread of COVID-19 in the country. The news spread quickly and was shared via WhatsApp. Coughlan immediately made a strong negative reaction through the media.
And you, how do you deal with this wave of fake news and various rumors? Let me leave your comment.