Telstra has hilariously trolled 5G conspiracy theorists with a cutting retort to a hysterical Facebook comment.
A concerning number of people believe signals from the new 5G network being rolled out across Australia causes coronavirus.
This is despite a total lack of evidence and that contracting a virus spread by bodily fluids from telecommunications signals being impossible.
‘Take down 5G towers there (sic) weapons that cause covid!!’ a man named ‘James A’ wrote in all caps.
Telstra has hilariously trolled 5G conspiracy theorists with a cutting retort to a hysterical Facebook comment
Telstra hit back: ‘Hi James, the 5G towers will help download your conspiracy theory videos faster.’
The exchange was fabricated on Photoshop and did the rounds on social media, but the company liked it so much it endorsed it.
‘Attention everyone. This isn’t real, but we wish it was. So we’re sharing it now,’ Telstra wrote on its Facebook page.
A depressing Essentially Research survey found ridiculous conspiracy theories are widespread among the Australian population.
Twelve per cent of those surveyed thought the 5G wireless network was being used to spread the coronavirus.
The same number of people believe the pandemic is being used to force people into getting vaccinations.
A local protester is seen in April in Mullumbimy, Byron Bay (pictured) trying to stop in installation of 5G in the town
The results prompted the federal government to renew warnings about claims linking 5G to coronavirus are bogus.
‘Any suggestions that there is a link between 5G and coronavirus are utterly baseless,’ Communications Minister Paul Fletcher said.
‘There is no evidence that the use of these radio waves in mobile networks is harmful to health or related to the current health pandemic.’
One in eight believe Microsoft founder Bill Gates is somehow responsible for the virus.
Mr Gates has donated millions of dollars to research efforts to develop and manufacture a coronavirus vaccine.
Anti-vaxxers and 5G conspiracy buffoons held a series of small protests against coronavirus lockdowns around Australia earlier this month.
Residents fear 5G technology can have harmful effects on health but these claims have been debunked by the scientific community (pictured, a local protest in April)
One in eight Australians believe ‘utterly baseless’ conspiracy theories that coronavirus is linked to 5G technology. Pictured is a protester at mass rally in Melbourne on May 10
Conspiracy theorists bearing signs with anti-5G messages joined anti-vaxxers and other Victorians furious with the state’s strict lockdown measures at a mass rally held in Melbourne, where 10 arrests were made.
There were also angry scenes at Mullumbimby near Byron Bay in northern NSW last month when Telstra installed 5G upgrades despite a local council unanimously agreeing not to support any upgrades that will facilitate 5G technology.
The council astonishingly took its tinfoil hat-wearing residents’ concerns seriously, saying it had ‘never seen so much electromagnetic activity’.
Councillors agreed to halt work on the Telstra tower, claiming they hadn’t been given ‘assurances’ that high speed internet didn’t affect people’s health.
Anti-vaxxers and 5G conspiracy buffoons held a series of small protests against coronavirus lockdowns around Australia earlier this month
Australian professor of medicine, and public health advocate John Dwyer described conspiracy claims that 5G causes the deadly virus as ‘dangerous nonsense’.
‘At this time in the fight against the epidemic, this is dangerous nonsense. Even to have a few people think differently that social distancing isn’t for them is a silly idea and is putting all of us at risk,’ he told Seven News last month.
‘For some people, the idea of a conspiracy theory turns them on. Most of the time, it doesn’t matter that much but in this particular case, it’s dangerous.’
The roll-out of 5G networks in Australia began in June 2019, with technology using a similar frequency to existing 3G and 4G networks.
The only difference with 5G is it can work at faster speeds as it uses a higher band.
WHAT IS 5G AND WHAT DOES IT DO?
The evolution of the G system started in 1980 with the invention of the mobile phone which allowed for analogue data to be transmitted via phone calls.
Digital came into play in 1991 with 2G and SMS and MMS capabilities were launched.
Since then, the capabilities and carrying capacity for the mobile network has increased massively.
More data can be transferred from one point to another via the mobile network quicker than ever.
5G is expected to be 100 times faster than the currently used 4G.
Whilst the jump from 3G to 4G was most beneficial for mobile browsing and working, the step to 5G will be so fast they become almost real-time.
That means mobile operations will be just as fast as office-based internet connections.
Potential uses for 5g include:
- Simultaneous translation of several languages in a party conference call
- Self-driving cars can stream movies, music and navigation information from the cloud
- A full length 8GB film can be downloaded in six seconds.
5G is expected to be so quick and efficient it is possible it could start the end of wired connections.
By the end of 2020, industry estimates claim 50 billion devices will be connected to 5G.
The evolution of from 1G to 5G. The predicted speed of 5G is more than 1Gbps – 1,000 times greater than the existing speed of 4G and could be implemented in laptops of the future