Disinfo: UK rejects 5G because of coronavirus

Summary

The UK rejects entire 5G. Huawei won’t be building technology necessary for 5th generation mobile network because of coronavirus. Borris Johnson stated that the decision followed an unclear and nontransparent situation over coronavirus.

Disproof

Recurring conspiracy theory on coronavirus and 5G.

The UK did not reject the 5G project in its entirety. The discussion is about whether the UK should ban Huawei as 5G vendor because of security concerns, not because of coronavirus. In January, the UK government approved a limited role for Huawei in building the country's new data networks. On top, the UK Government has strongly condemned the rumours about 5G and coronavirus as dangerous nonsense.

See other disinformation cases about whether coronavirus is connected to the 5th generation of mobile internet here and here.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 195
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 25/04/2020
  • Language/target audience: Georgian
  • Country: UK
  • Keywords: coronavirus, Conspiracy theory

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Disproof

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Disproof

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