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British 5G Towers Burned Down Due to Coronavirus Conspiracy Theories

These rumors and conspiracy theories that linked the roll out of 5G and the spread of Covid 19 emerged primarily through social media networks.

5G phone masts are being set alight in the UK, after online conspiracy theories misleadingly links the cell towers to the coronavirus pandemic, as reported by The Verge. The BBC reported that at least three 5G towers were burned recently, and police and fire services were called to extinguish the flames.

These rumors and conspiracy theories that linked the roll out of 5G and the spread of Covid 19 emerged primarily through social media networks. Members on Facebook and Nextdoor repeated false and misleading claims that 5G is supposedly harmful.

One theory claims that the novel coronavirus originated in Wuhan because the Chinese city had recently been rolling out 5G. It’s now supposedly spread to other cities that are also using 5G. These false conspiracy theories neglect to mention that a highly contagious virus would naturally spread more in densely populated cities with access to 5G, and that the coronavirus pandemic has hit counties like Iran and Japan where 5G isn’t in use yet, reported The Verge.

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