Engineers working on key broadband infrastructure are subjected to verbal and physical abuse during lockdown, while baseless conspiracy theories about 5G technology are spreading online.
Guardian reports. “Data-reactid =” 33 “> Wild and untrue claims made by social media groups and celebrities like Amanda Holden are leading uninformed people to challenge those who maintain vital mobile and internet networks, reports the Guardian.
a 5G tower was reportedly attacked and burnt down near the M57 motorway in Liverpool, reports Liverpool Echo. “Data-reactid =” 34 “> During the night, a 5G tower was attacked and burnt down near the M57 motorway in Liverpool, reports the Liverpool Echo.
This is just the latest in a series of incidents. Video footage of a burning telephone mast in Birmingham on April 2 has also been widely circulated alongside claims that it has been targeted by anti-5G protesters.
BT-A.L) told the Guardian that its engineers were still on hand to assess the cause of the fire, but it appears “likely” to be an arson attack. “Data-reactid =” 56 “> The network operator EE (BT-AL) told the Guardian that its engineers were still on hand to assess the cause of the fire, but it” seems likely “that it was an arson attack.
Social media giant Facebook has slaughtered a 5G conspiracy group, but many remain, spreading dangerous lies like a contagion.
EE said he would work with the police to find the culprits.
The company said, “Deliberately removing mobile connectivity at a time when people need it more than ever to stay connected to each other is reckless, harmful and dangerous to do. We will try to restore full coverage as soon as possible, but the damage from the fire is significant. “
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The problem is so serious that engineers at BT Openreach have decided to post public pleas on anti-5G Facebook groups, begging to be spared from street abuse because they have nothing to do with mobile networks.
Mobile UK, an industry lobby group, said the incidents affected efforts to maintain networks that support homework and provide the country with critical connections to emergency departments, hospitals and businesses to continue operating. Telecommunications engineers are key workers designated in government coronavirus continuity planning.
Community Fiber is being abused by a woman who claimed without any evidence that they were installing 5G as part of a plot to kill the people. “Data-reactid =” 63 “> In a widely distributed video that drew millions of views on Twitter, men working for broadband company Community Fiber are abused by a woman who claimed without any evidence that they were installing 5G as part of a plot to kill the population.
“You know, when they turn it on, it’ll kill everyone, and that’s why they build hospitals,” she said to baffled engineers on a London street. “Do you have children, do you have parents?” When they turn on this switch, goodbye mom. Are they paying you well enough to kill people? “
A company spokesperson said it doesn’t use 5G anywhere in its network and praised the calm response from staff.