US, WASHINGTON (ORDO NEWS) — The UK government intends to discuss with representatives of major Internet platforms additional content filtering after another “conspiracy theory” led to arson of base stations of mobile communications.
Widespread on YouTube and social networks, fakes claim that radiation from 5G cell towers reduces immunity, making people defenseless against coronavirus. According to another version, the coronavirus was “invented” specifically in order to hide the death of people due to fifth-generation cellular communications.
According to the Guardian, police are investigating a 5G base station fire on Friday in Birmingham, Merseyside and Belfast. Arson videos were published on the Internet. On Sunday, four more towers of the Vodafone and O2 operators were attacked.
Liverpool Mayor Joe Anderson said that he began to receive threats after he called fakes about the negative effects of 5G on health “game.” Culture Minister Oliver Dowden is preparing to discuss with the administration of Facebook, WhatsApp, YouTube and Twitter the fight against fakes and ways to convey to the audience that information about the harm of 5G is not true.
Celebrity reposts helped spread the false information. 5G fake links were posted by singer Anne-Marie, and Britain’s Got Talent judge Amanda Holden distributed a petition link stating the connection between 5G towers and COVID-19 symptoms.
YouTube has already promised to remove fakes that directly violate its rules – a ban on the dissemination of inaccurate information on how to treat coronavirus or prevent infection. Nevertheless, video hosting will not be cleaned up from other conspiracy videos about a new generation of cellular communications. The service promises to consider each case individually, applying, when it sees fit, sanctions like lowering the frequency of recommendations of a particular video, or demonetizing.
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