Twitter is now adding fact-checking labels to tweets that wrongly link new superfast 5G mobile networks with the coronavirus.
When user clicks the label then it takes you to a Twitter page titled “No, 5G isn’t causing coronavirus” that includes links to news reports, fact-checking organizations, and government agencies debunking the conspiracy theory. Earlier this year, the conspiracy was link to a series of arson attacks on 5G towers.
Twitter’s latest feature of fact-checking labels appears to have been apply broadly, even on some tweets making jokes or references to the label itself.
Tech companies includes Twitter, YouTube, Apple, Spotify and Facebook have been accuse of the spread of bogus claims that link 5G to the coronavirus by allowing content to be upload to their platforms.
Expanding its fact-checking labels to apply to coronavirus 5G conspiracies is the latest instance of Twitter’s evolving platform moderation efforts.
There is no evidence to link COVID-19 with 5G. According to fact-checking organization Full Fact, there is no evidence that 5G suppresses the immune system, nor is there any evidence that viruses can communicate through radio waves. The pandemic continues to spread in countries without any 5G infrastructure at all.