The European Union needs to think of a strategy to counter disinformation about 5G engineering or threat false promises derailing its economic restoration and electronic goals, a set of 15 countries including Poland and Sweden stated.
Conspiracy theories the novel coronavirus may be linked to the wireless technology have led to the torching of mobile phone masts in 10 European nations and assaults on upkeep workers in recent months.
Even the 27-nation EU sees with 5G as the linchpin of its own economic recovery in the COVID-19 outbreak and tech liberty, with its own promise to enable all from self-driving cars to distant surgery and more automated production.
The 15 countries recorded their concerns and suggestions in a joint letter to EU digital leader Margrethe Vestager, internal market commissioner Thierry Breton and values chief Vera Jourova that has been viewed by journalists at our partner news agency Reuters.
“It is clear… that we are witnessing increasing activity of the anti-5G movement across the European Union,” they explained, calling for the EU to “take an active, long-term and systemic approach” to tackling worries regarding 5G and electromagnetic fields (EMF).
“We, as Member States are willing to contribute to this EU-wide initiative with our national expertise and best practice to tackle the issue of 5G and EMF disinformation,” the letter said.
The nations urged more scientific study on the dangers to people’s health, proposed an awareness-raising effort across Europe and suggested a broad debate taking into consideration the anxieties and worries of opponents to 5G.
Other signatories to the letter include Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Portugal and Slovakia.
The team at Platform Executive hope you have enjoyed the ‘European Union needs a long-term plan to tackle 5G fake news‘ article. Initial reporting via our official content partners at Thomson Reuters. Reporting by Jonathan Landay. Editing by Steve Orlofsky.
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