UK cell towers torched after bizarre conspiracy theory links 5G to coronavirus pandemic

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Cell towers in the U.K. have reportedly been set on fire in the wake of a
bizarre conspiracy theory that links 5G communications technology to the
coronavirus pandemic.

The BBC reported that videos purportedly showing cellphone towers on fire
were posted online claiming a link between 5G technology and the COVID-19
crisis. Incidents involving fires in Birmingham and Liverpool are being
investigated, according to the BBC.

Firefighters responded to a fire at a 70-foot mast in Birmingham on
Thursday, the Birmingham Mail reported, noting that several videos
claiming to show masts on fire were posted to a Facebook page. The page
has now been taken down by Facebook, it said.

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Emergency services were called to a burning mast in Aintree near Liverpool
on Friday, according to the Liverpool Echo. Another 5G tower was also set
ablaze in south Liverpool, the Liverpool Echo reported.

A mobile phone mast on January 18, 2020 in Cardiff, United Kingdom - file
photo.
A mobile phone mast on January 18, 2020 in Cardiff, United Kingdom - file
photo. (Photo by Matthew Horwood/Getty Images)

Authorities in the U.K. have been working to dispel the conspiracy theory
linking 5G and coronavirus.

“We are aware of inaccurate information being shared online about 5G,”
tweeted the U.K.’s Department of Culture, Media and Sport on Friday.
“There is absolutely no credible evidence of a link between 5G and
coronavirus.”


DCMS
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@DCMS
We are aware of inaccurate information being shared online about 5G. There
is absolutely no credible evidence of a link between 5G and coronavirus

For COVID-19 advice:

??NHS http://nhs.uk/coronavirus
??GOVUK https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
??Full Fact research https://fullfact.org/health/5G-not-accelerating-
coronavirus/ …


5G is not accelerating the spread of the new coronavirus
There is no evidence to suggest that 5G is increasing the spread of the
new coronavirus.

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Mobile UK, which represents the U.K.’s mobile network operators, blasted
the 5G coronavirus conspiracy theories. “During this challenging
situation, it is concerning that groups are using the #COVID19 pandemic to
spread baseless theories about the safety of #5G,” it tweeted. “These are
not grounded in accepted scientific theory.”


MobileUK
@MobileUK_News
Statement: During this challenging situation, it is concerning that groups
are using the #COVID19 pandemic to spread baseless theories about the
safety of #5G. These are not grounded in accepted scientific theory.
#keepingtheukconnected #StayConnected
https://www.mobileuk.org/news/statement-mobile-industry-warns-against-the-
spread-of-baseless-5g-coronavirus-covid-19-theories …

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“More worryingly some people are also abusing our key workers and making
threats to damage infrastructure under the pretense of claims about 5G,”
it said in a statement. “This is not acceptable and only impacts on 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.”

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