UK mobile carriers politely ask people to stop destroying 5G towers
Coronavirus 5G conspiracy
UK mobile carriers politely ask people to stop destroying 5G towers. The top four UK mobile operators have issued a joint assertion asking for assistance to stop people from destroying 5G towers.
UK mobile carriers politely ask people to stop destroying 5G towers. The top four UK mobile operators have issued a joint assertion asking for assistance to stop people from destroying 5G towers. Multiple cell towers were destroyed in the UK last week in apparent arson attacks after online conspiracy theories have been falsely linking the spread of the coronavirus pandemic to the roll-out of 5G. There’s no scientific claim to suggest a link, but the theories have been spreading widely on social networks like Facebook and Nextdoor.
“Not only are these claims baseless, but they are also harmful to the people and businesses that rely on the continuity of our services,” says a joint assertion from EE, o2, Three, and Vodafone. “They have also led to the abuse of our engineers and, in some cases, prevented essential network maintenance taking place.”
All of the main UK networks are now calling on people to help stop the spread of disinformation online and to report the abuse of key workers helping to maintain networks. “Please help us to make this stop,” the networks ask in a typically British-natured way. “If you witness the abuse of our key workers please report it. If you see misinformation, please call it out.”
Statement from UK mobile networks.
Vodafone confirmed to The Verge that 4 cell towers have been focused in a 24-hour interval on Friday. EE stated that one tower in Birmingham didn’t even present 5G providers however was set on hearth anyway. The UK authorities’ Department for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport (DCMS) has branded the conspiracy theories “crackpot” and known as on social networks to do extra to stop them from spreading.
The UK’s culture secretary, Oliver Dowden, is also planning to hold virtual meetings with representatives from a number of tech companies this week to discuss the problem. YouTube revealed at the weekend that it’s reducing the number of videos it recommends which spread false claims that 5G is linked to the coronavirus.
Mobile networks in the UK are classified as critical national infrastructure, and the attacks come at a crucial time as the UK battles the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Vodafone CEO Nick Jeffrey called the attacks a “matter of national security,” and pleaded with people not to share the fake conspiracy theories.