OFCOM debunks ‘conspiracy theories’ on 5G link to COVID-19

Banff and Buchan MP David Duguid has welcomed new information that debunks ‘conspiracy theories’ online about links between 5G phone masts and COVID-19.

Banff and Buchan MP David Duguid has welcomed new information that debunks ‘conspiracy theories’ online about links between 5G phone masts and COVID-19.

OFCOM, the UK’s communications regulator, said today that the latest electromagnetic field (EMF) measurements proved that levels at 5G sites across the country are “well within” internationally safe levels.

The watchdog said that false stories linking COVID-19 and 5G masts were still the most commonly shared “misinformation” online.

David Duguid MP with members of the House of Commons broadband APPG

Mr Duguid chairs Westminster’s All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on broadband and digital communications and recently chaired a remote meeting discussing, ‘Next steps for developing the UK’s fibre infrastructure’

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Mr Duguid said

Misinformation linking 5G phone masts and COVID-19 has been spreading online since the beginning of this crisis.

These conspiracy theories are still the most commonly shared false stories on social media platforms.

The deliberate and criminal damage caused to some 5G masts have disrupted vital and potentially life-saving lines of communication.

Hopefully, this official information from the industry regulator OFCOM will debunk these myths that are being shared so widely.

We all need to listen to the advice from both our governments and from NHS Scotland during this crisis. Anything else is a distraction from that vital public safety information.

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