On April 6th, 5G base stations in Birmingham, Merseyside and Belfast were set on fire after a new coronavirus outbreak spread conspiracy theories about the 5G network, according tomedia reports. In response, the British government will meet with a number of social media platforms to join forces to stop the conspiracy theory spreading.
Joe Anderson, Liverpool’s mayor, said he had also received threats after dismissing the theory as “too bizarre”. Michael Gove, the cabinet minister, called the conspiracy theories “nonsense and very dangerous”.
Stephen Powis, nhs england’s director-general, added: ‘The rumours about 5G are complete nonsense, rotten fake news. I have to condemn it in the strongest possible terms.”
Oliver Dowden, the culture secretary, will hold talks with platforms such as Facebook, WhatsApp, YouTube and Twitter to clarify “the message to the UK,” the source said.
Celebrities such as singer Anne-Marie have previously spread the conspiracy theory on social media. Britain’s Got Talent judge Amanda Holden also shared a link to an online petition claiming that people’s new coronavirus symptoms were caused by a 5G base station near their home. The petition has now been deleted.
There are also those who believe that radiation from 5G base stations can lead to health risks that weaken the body’s immune system.