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5G Virus Conspiracy Theory Fueled by Coordinated Effort

  • Researchers identify disinformation campaign but not source
  • ‘You can’t get the virus off a phone mast,’ one scientist says
A fire-damaged telecom tower in Birmingham, U.K., on April 6.
A fire-damaged telecom tower in Birmingham, U.K., on April 6.Photographer: Darren Staples/Bloomberg
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A conspiracy theory linking 5G technology to the outbreak of the coronavirus is quickly gaining momentum, with celebrities including actor Woody Harrelson promoting the idea. But the theory is also getting a boost from what some researchers say is a coordinated disinformation campaign.