It’s easy to say that we are currently living through a global crisis.
The spread of the deadly virus has caused mass panic and predictably, conspiracy theories are flying around about where the virus came from. Now, in a strange turn of events, people have been burning down phone masts due to a conspiracy theory about 5G…
And it’s safe to say that right now, the world is experiencing a mass panic.
Conspiracy theories, of course!
And with the help of the internet, they can be spread very quickly.
Including the theory that the Chinese government created the virus as a weapon.
Seriously, I wish I was making this up.
But there is one theory that has truly caused some havoc worldwide.
And that is the 5G conspiracy.
Let’s start with the facts…
The bizarre conspiracy began in the U.K. and it related 5G phone masts to the deadly virus.
5G internet is the future of smartphones.
Although 5G isn’t currently available worldwide, it has been piloted in several countries – including China.
It’s hard to pinpoint the source of the theory, but it seemed to have kicked off in early March… and it now appears to have picked up steam during the first week of April.
And the post rested on the pre-existing conspiracy theory that 5G suppresses people’s immune systems.
It was posted to an anti-5G Facebook group and was subsequently marked by Facebook as misinformation.
And to make things even worse…
A video filmed at a U.S. health conference claimed that Africa was not as affected by the disease because it is “not a 5G region.”
Disclaimer: There are actually thousands of cases of the virus in Africa, so this is not factually correct.
There is absolutely no evidence that 5G, or any other forms of radio waves, are harmful to humans.
As Business Insider explained, radiowaves are found at the low end of the electromagnetic spectrum, and as such produce non-ionizing radiation, meaning they do not damage the DNA in cell tissue.
But people are still believing these rumors…
And many have gone to extreme lengths to protect themselves out of this irrational fear.
One seventy-foot phone mast tour in Birmingham, U.K. was engulfed in flames last week after a deliberate arson attack.
“It is time to act now. Any 5g tower in your area burn it down! Collect people and stand and fight this. Act now before it’s too late!” one user shockingly wrote.
But after things began to get out of hand and people started targeting engineers, the group was forced to warn users not to attack the innocent workers.
And this is unacceptable.
Speaking to The Sun, they said, “During this challenging situation, it is concerning that certain groups are using the pandemic to spread false rumors and theories about the safety of 5G technologies. More worryingly some people are also abusing our key workers and making threats to damage infrastructure under the pretense of claims about 5G.”
“This is not acceptable and only impacts our ability as an industry to maintain the resilience and operational capacity of the networks to support mass home working and critical connectivity to the emergency services, vulnerable consumers and hospitals,” they went on to say.
“The theories are baseless and are not grounded in accepted scientific theory.”
People need to wake up.
There are bigger and much more important things to be worrying about rather than the so-called “dangers” of 5G internet.
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