A conspiracy theory that claims that the 5G internet has caused the spread of the corona virus has caused more than 70 cell phone towers in the UK to be targeted by arson attacks, according to a report. from Business Insider.
It was reported last month that the UK reported around 50 fire targeting towers, most of which did not support 5G, and other equipment, but Mobile UK, an organization representing four British mobile operators, told Business Insider on Wednesday that the number had increased. 77th.
However, the group noted a decreased attack rate.
“Daily attacks are very low now but have not stopped completely,” a Mobile UK spokesman told Business Insider.
But the equipment was not the only target. Several instances of telecommunications engineers being attacked or harassed have been reported.
“We have 40 incidents where people have attacked, both physically and verbally, our staff. We have engineers who are driven by people and deviated at the last minute, and we even have one Openreach engineer stabbed and put in hospital, “Philip Jansen, CEO of the British telecommunications company BT, said in April in a Youtube video.
This conspiracy theory has become increasingly popular lately when the world turns its attention to the coronavirus pandemic. Unsubstantiated claims have been circulating online and on social media, encouraging Facebook, YouTube and Twitter to try to curb the spread of video and content by incorrectly binding the spread of the virus to 5G.
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