As many governments and multi-national organisations are investing towards 5G trials in preparation for roll-outs in 2020, the race is on for telecoms engineers to learn new skills. But where can telecoms professionals go to obtain new skills required for 5G?
Many of us assume the work of electrical engineers isn't inflammatory in nature, but it seems that this assumption may not always be correct. EEs design the world's most advanced technology and, at least in this scenario, they are experiencing a backlash from misinformed consumers about the implications of that technology.
How 5G Misinformation Spread Faster Than the Virus
The spread of misinformation about 5G weakening the immune system or perpetuating the spread of COVID-19 has origins on social media and YouTube.
An analysis conducted by the New York Times has uncovered 487 Facebook communities, 52 Twitter accounts, and 84 Instagram accounts promoting discussion about a 5G-COVID-19 connection. Over the past two weeks, the audience to this theory has increased by 58,00 followers on Instagram and by half a million followers on Facebook.

In New York, Blackbird.AI monitors online disinformation campaigns. Naushad UzZaman, the company report’s CTO and co-founder, reports that there have been over 50,000 posts on the topic on Reddit and Twitter just within 24 hours. The “significant uptick in inauthentic amplification” of posts, according to UzZaman, may indicate bot accounts pushing this misinformation.
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