USA Today reports:
An attack on cellphone towers in the UK over the weekend comes as conspiracy theory connecting 5G to the spread of coronavirus continue to gain momentum on social media. Four of Vodaphone’s towers were attacked in this past weekend. Three other telecommunications companies joined Vodafone in condemning the attack.
“Please help us make this stop,’’ the companies said in its joint statement, asking for public assistance. A slew of videos supporting the conspiracy theory have been posted on social media platforms such as Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Instagram, which prompted criticism of those companies. They responded on Monday.
“We are taking aggressive steps to stop misinformation and harmful content from spreading on our platforms and connect people to accurate information about Coronavirus,’’ Facebook said in a statement provided to USA TODAY. Twitter said its automated systems have challenged more than 1.5 million accounts which were targeting manipulative discussions around COVID-19.
My first report on this insanity is here.