The theory has led to cell tower vandalization in the United Kingdom.
The global coronavirus pandemic–and the resulting shelter-in-place measures–are already wreaking havoc on numerous industries. While the world struggles to adjust in the meantime, people are spreading new theories on a daily basis. Los Angeles rapper YG is supporting a theory that’s taking the United Kingdom by storm.
“They telling us [to] stay in the house kuz they don’t want us to see all them new 5G towers they putting up,” he wrote in a now-deleted on Instagram. Earlier in March, Keri Hilson professed her belief in this theory. “5G launched in CHINA. Nov 1, 2019,’ she tweeted. “People dropped dead. See attached & go to my IG stories for more. TURN OFF 5G by disabling LTE!”
On Sunday, The Guardian reported that YouTube will reduce the amount of recommended videos spreading this theory. The platform’s spokesperson told The Guardian they have “clear policies that prohibit videos promoting medically unsubstantiated methods to prevent the coronavirus in place of seeking medical treatment.
The spokesperson also says YouTube has begun “reducing recommendations of borderline content such as conspiracy theories related to 5G and coronavirus, that could misinform users in harmful ways.”
According to The Verge, vandals in the United Kingdom have set seven cell towers on fire in the past week. UK cabinet members have described the theories as “dangerous nonsense.”