How false claims about 5G health risks spread into the mainstream

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A year ago, hoax theories about the dangers of 5G had barely pierced the public’s consciousness, largely remaining confined to serious conspiracy theorists such as David Icke. In recent weeks, baseless claims about risks associated with the next-generation mobile technology have gone mainstream. Claims linking 5G to the coronavirus pandemic have led to petrol bomb […]

At least 20 UK phone masts vandalised over false 5G coronavirus claims

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At least 20 mobile phone masts across the UK are believed to have been torched or otherwise vandalised since Thursday, according to government and industry sources who are increasingly concerned about the impact of baseless theories linking coronavirus to 5G networks. There have been noticeable clusters of attacks on masts around Liverpool and the West […]

Broadband engineers threatened due to 5G coronavirus conspiracies

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Telecoms engineers are facing verbal and physical threats during the lockdown, as baseless conspiracy theories linking coronavirus to the roll-out of 5G technology spread by celebrities such as Amanda Holden prompt members of the public to abuse those maintaining vital mobile phone and broadband networks. Facebook has removed one anti-5G group in which users were […]

Vodafone reports 50% rise in internet use as more people work from home

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Vodafone’s internet usage has surged by up to 50% in some European countries as consumers shift to working at home and turn to services such as Netflix because the coronavirus is keeping families indoors. The increase in data comes from a wide range of activities, from children accessing educational material online, playing digital games and […]

BT chief executive Philip Jansen tests positive for coronavirus

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BT’s chief executive, Philip Jansen, has tested positive for coronavirus. The telecoms firm said Jansen had been tested late on Thursday afternoon and was following Public Health England protocols to self-isolate. It is the first publicly confirmed case of a FTSE 100 boss being diagnosed with Covid-19 and the 53-year-old has notified other figures from […]

Calls for emergency taskforce after outages leave Aboriginal communities ‘hungry and forgotten’

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Remote Indigenous communities need a taskforce to coordinate emergencies when telecommunications go down, so people aren’t left without food or help as the Groote archipelago was, the local Aboriginal land council has said. Aboriginal people in the region said they were left “sick, angry, hungry and forgotten” when phones went down for three days. Residents […]

Government knew desperate NT island residents were stealing food after power cuts left them without supplies

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The federal government has admitted it had received reports that desperate people were breaking into houses looking for food, as telecommunications outages left Aboriginal people living on islands off the Northern Territory coast without essential supplies for almost three days last week. The National Indigenous Australians Agency (NIAA) told a Senate committee Friday that it […]