UK’s telecom companies are facing a dilemma as attacks on 5G network towers by mobile users continue to grow due to coronavirus conspiracies that have been spread online.
A joint statement was released by the top four UK telecom companies asking for immediate action and help against the continuous destruction of 5G network towers by numerous people.
According to reports, multiple cell towers were targeted and destroyed in the UK last week in arson attacks due to online conspiracy theories that suggest they are the root cause of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
The introduction of the faster 5G network has meant a lot of backfire in these previous months after several online conspiracy theories falsely linking the technology to the coronavirus were spread.
There’s no scientific evidence to suggest a link, but the theories have been spreading widely on social networks like Facebook and Nextdoor.
5G towers in the UK suffering arson attacks due to conspiracy theories linking them to coronavirus
A joint statement released by the top four UK telecom companies read;
“Not only are these claims baseless, but they are also harmful to the people and businesses that rely on the continuity of our services,” says a joint statement from EE, o2, Three, and Vodafone.
“They have also led to the abuse of our engineers and, in some cases, prevented essential network maintenance taking place. Please help us to make this stop.”
“If you witness the abuse of our key workers please report it. If you see misinformation, please call it out.”
All of the main UK networks are now calling on people to help stop the spread of disinformation online and to report the abuse of key workers helping to maintain networks during the pandemic.
On Friday, Vodafone reported that four cell towers had been targeted within a 24-hour period.
Source: The Verge
Author: Allan Bangirana
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