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Social-media giants face pressure to remove rumors of 5G spreading Covid-19 amid arson attacks

By Matthew Newman
  • 05 Apr 2020 12:01
  • 05 Apr 2020 12:15
Social-media companies are facing pressure today from the UK government and mobile phone companies to take “swift action” to stop the spread of rumors about a conspiracy theory linking 5G technology and Covid-19.

UK police are investigating several arson attacks against 5G infrastructure following fake news circulating on social-media platforms that radiation

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Matthew Newman

Chief Correspondent

Matthew Newman is a chief correspondent for MLex and writes about data protection, privacy, telecoms, cyber security and artificial intelligence. Matthew began his journalism career in 1991 in community newspapers. He worked as a reporter in Riga, Latvia in 1993 and then moved to Chicago where he covered local news. In 1995, he became a personal finance reporter for Dow Jones Newswires, and was then transferred to Brussels in 1999. He specialized in EU regulatory affairs, including trade and telecom issues. He began covering competition for Bloomberg News as an EU court reporter in 2004. In 2010, he was named spokesman for Viviane Reding, the EU’s justice commissioner. In January 2012, he helped launch the commission’s proposal to overall data protection rules.

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