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Boiling point: 5G conspiracies turn violent as communications network faces growing threat

 

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Sabotage: A Garda forensics officer at the scene of the fire at a mast near Letterkenny hospital

Sabotage: A Garda forensics officer at the scene of the fire at a mast near Letterkenny hospital

Sabotage: A Garda forensics officer at the scene of the fire at a mast near Letterkenny hospital

Irish mobile operators say they are increasingly concerned at the risk of attacks on equipment as misinformation about 5G continues to circulate. While Facebook and YouTube say they will remove posts and videos that lead to damage or danger, conspiracy theorists are operating in plain sight on the platforms.

Now populist scare stories about the technology, given oxygen by Irish county council resolutions, are starting to translate into agitation and violence.

On Easter Sunday, a suspected arson attack left Eir mast equipment in Donegal in flames.