At least three 5G wireless communication towers have been set on fire in three British cities, according to the BBC — as discredited conspiracy theories spread on social media claiming there’s a link between the technology and the coronavirus outbreak.
UK cabinet office minister Michael Gove called the conspiracy theories “nonsense, dangerous nonsense as well” during a government briefing, as quoted by the BBC.
According to videos uploaded to social media, workers putting up 5G infrastructure were even getting harassed by conspiracy nuts on the streets. In Birmingham, a tower not even capable of providing 5G services was still set on fire, The Verge reports.
“This is now a matter of national security,” Vodafone UK CEO Nick Jeffery wrote in a statement. “Police and counter terrorism authorities are investigating.”
Misleading information and conspiracy theories have abounded online during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, many claiming that home remedies — and illegal drugs — could magically give them immunity.
One theory even claimed that cocaine protects you against the coronavirus — a fact that had to be refuted by the French ministry of health on Twitter last month.
READ MORE: British 5G towers are being set on fire because of coronavirus conspiracy theories [The Verge]
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