It’s one of the most popular video platforms around the world, and now YouTube has made the decision to ban all conspiracy theory videos that falsely claim ‘5G causes coronavirus ’.
Despite having absolutely no science to back it up, the conspiracy theory has gained popularity over the past week, with several celebrities even endorsing the claims.
While YouTube hosts many conspiracy theory videos, it’s decided to ban those linking coronavirus to 5G.
The decision follows a live-streamed interview with conspiracy theorist David Icke, in which he falsely claimed there is a ‘link between 5G and this health crisis.’
During the interview, Mr Icke was asked what he thought about recent reports of 5G masts being vandalised in the England.
He said: “If 5G continues and reaches where they want to take it, human life as we know it is over… so people have to make a decision.”
The interview was watched by 65,000 people, many of who called for further attacks on 5G towers.
Following the livestream, the BBC contacted YouTube to ask for the video to be removed.
A YouTube spokesperson responded: “We have clear policies that prohibit videos promoting medically unsubstantiated methods to prevent the coronavirus in place of seeking medical treatment, and we quickly remove videos violating these policies when flagged to us.
“Now any content that disputes the existence or transmission of Covid-19, as described by the WHO [World Health Organization] and local health authorities is in violation of YouTube policies.
“This includes conspiracy theories which claim that the symptoms are caused by 5G.
“For borderline content that could misinform users in harmful ways, we reduce recommendations. We’ll continue to evaluate the impact of these videos on communities around the world.”
The news comes shortly after several service providers penned an open letter, urging the public to stop vandalising 5G masts.
The letter read: “There is no scientific evidence of any link between 5G and coronavirus. Fact.
“Not only are these claims baseless, they are harmful for the people and businesses that rely on the continuity of our services.
“They have also led to the abuse of our engineers and, in some cases, prevented essential network maintenance taking place.”
Meanwhile, one scientist compared damaging phone masts to ‘knocking holes in your lifeboats while your ship sinks.’
Professor Adam Finn, Professor of Paediatrics at the University of Bristol, said: “Viruses and electromagnetic waves that make mobile phones and internet connections work are different things. As different as chalk and cheese.
“The internet connections these networks give us are one of the most important tools we are using to coordinate our response to the epidemic and efforts to do research to overcome it. Damaging phone masts is like knocking holes in your lifeboats while your ship sinks.”