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NYT: Russia is attacking 5G with health disinformation campaigns

NYT: Russia is attacking 5G with health disinformation campaigns

Governments and telecom companies across the world have acknowledged the importance of 5G wireless technologies, but one country — Russia — is quietly attempting to undermine trust in the standard, according to a New York Times report. The newspaper has accused Russian broadcaster RT America of stoking health-related 5G disinformation in an effort to delay other countries while Russia prepares to belatedly launch the new technology.

The New York Times report suggests that disinformation-tracking firms New Knowledge and Fianna Strategies have unearthed evidence of a Russian campaign to sow doubts about 5G, using RT America — “the cat’s paw of Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin” — to distribute propaganda. According to Fianna head Molly McKew, the Russian government hopes to get “democratic governments tied up in fights over 5G’s environmental and health hazards.”

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