Disinfo: 5G technology can have adverse effects on birds

Summary

5G transmitter masts can cause harm to birds. Any form of radiation, as well as seasonal changeability causes excitability and unstable moods in birds. A recent incident in Tbilisi, when crows attacked humans, confirms that certain environmental conditions have caused neurological disorders and excitability in birds.

Disproof

Recurring conspiracy theory about 5G technology.

There is no proof confirming that 5G technology is harmful to birds. The author of the statement was citing a member of medical staff from New Hospitals (a clinic in Tbilisi) , giving the impression that the claim about 5G and birds is an official medical position of the hospital.

Myth Detector reached out to the New Hospitals administration who clarified that the statement about alleged links between 5G and birds does not reflect the clinic’s official position and the person cited as a doctor is in fact a member of its technical team rather than a medical person.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 201
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 08/06/2020
  • Language/target audience: Georgian
  • Country: Georgia
  • Keywords: coronavirus, Conspiracy theory
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Disproof

Recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative expressing resentment about Russia’s suspension from the international bodies and calling for its readmission, without addressing the reasons behind these moves (in this case, the illegal annexation of Crimea).

Contrary to the claim, G7 is neither ineffective nor an elitist club. It is capable of setting the global agenda because decisions taken by its members have a real impact. The political direction set by these leaders on policy issues will have a “ripple” effect across many other international organisations and institutions. Thus, decisions taken at the G7 are not legally binding, but exert strong political influence.

Russia was expelled from G8 for no real reason

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Disproof

Recurrent pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives about the illegal annexation of Crimea, and war in Ukraine.

G8 members suspended Russia as a response for the violation of international law caused by the illegal annexation of Crimea in 2014. Crimea was illegally annexed by Moscow after an illegitimate referendum. On 27 March 2014, the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution in which it stated that the referendum in Crimea was not valid and could not serve as a basis for any change in the status of the peninsula. On 17th December 2018, the UN General Assembly confirmed its non-recognition of the illegal annexation of Crimea. There is extensive evidence of Russia’s involvement in the conflict in Eastern Ukraine (see also here).