Amazon sells books with 5G conspiracy theories on its site and allows them to appear as factual material, despite evidence that disinformation on the 5th generation mobile network can lead to offline violence.
Many books are sold in categories such as “electronic and communication engineering” and “Earth-based religions”, which means that it is not immediately clear to people browsing the site. that these texts contain inaccurate information.
During the pandemic, the plots on the new 5G network and the coronavirus have become inextricably linked. Inaccurate claims that Covid-19 is not real and that the number of deaths seen around the world is the result of 5G have even caused harm to people.
In the UK alone, there were 77 arson attacks on 5G masts between the end of March and May of this year, effectively cutting off communication with families and loved ones during an extremely worrying time. And mobile engineers have also been targeted; Michael Demetroudi, an apprentice network engineer, was abused three times in a week and even spat on it – he then contracted Covid-19. An Openreach engineer was stabbed in April, and between April and May, the company recorded 60 incidents where its employees were assaulted and threatened.
5G conspiracies in book form
Many 5G conspiracy books found by I are available on Kindle as well as in paperback or hardcover, and may ship with Amazon Prime. Examples include Waking up to 5G: The invisible world of frequencies and the steps to take right now to prepare by Barbara J Schneider MS and Patricia L Yoder DC, and The dangers of 5G by Claudia Drake.
The synopsis of a book, Death by 5G: An Advanced Guide to Population Reduction Techniques by Louise Steele, reads: “The impending 5G attack cannot be stopped. This new technology will affect living human beings at the heart of their health.
“This guide will walk you through all the ways the government and the powers that be will use Fifth Generation signals to blow up your home devices to levels you could never imagine. Learn how to protect yourself and the people you love.
The book is currently ranked in the Amazon.co.uk bestseller list for the mobile and wireless communications category.
Here are some of the claims made by these books, debunked:
Steele’s book Death by 5G: An Advanced Guide to Population Reduction Techniques makes a number of health claims, including that there is an exponentially increased cancer risk for people who live near 5G masts.
She claims that “the wave frequencies will be higher than the waves used by 3G technology and there will be hundreds of smaller cell towers constantly hitting our bodies with radiation. There will be no way to escape it ”.
In reality, there are strict guidelines that prohibit the emission of harmful levels of radiation from base stations, while 5G radio waves are non-ionizing, meaning the network cannot cause cellular damage.
UK network operators are required to comply with the guidelines of the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP). The Germany-based non-profit organization publishes scientific advice on the harmful effects of non-ionizing radiation and is supported by both the World Health Organization (WHO) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).
Levels in the UK are currently well below the maximum recommended level – the Regulatory Board Ofcom has carried out radio frequency electromagnetic field (EMF) measurements near mobile phone base stations for many years, and has still found well within limits – meaning there is no evidence that their levels of non-ionizing radiation are harmful.
ICNIRP updated its international guidelines for the protection of humans exposed to radiofrequency electromagnetic fields in March to include updated 5G guidelines, with chairman Dr Eric van Rongen stating that “the most important thing to remember is that 5G technologies will not be able to cause harm when these new directives are respected ”.
Study on rats
One of the studies widely cited as evidence for the cancer claim in the books by Steele and Schneider and Yoder, was performed by the United States National Toxicology Program (NTP), which linked levels high radiofrequency radiation (RFR) exposure and cancer in mice and rats. But he can’t stand it.
In Waking up to 5G: The invisible world of frequencies and the steps to take right now to prepare, the authors claim that the WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classified RFR as “possibly carcinogenic to humans” in 2011. The book also claims that “a $ 30 million study conducted by the National Toxicology Program (NTP) for evidence that two years of exposure to RFR from cell phones increased cancer in male rats and damaged DNA in rats and mice of both sexes ”.
But the authors did not say that the scientists who conducted this study said the results cannot be applied to humans because the levels and duration of exposure of rats to RFRs were not representative of the use of human cell phones, and because the entire body of animals have been exposed to RFRs, while human exposure is more localized to the head or pouches.
The number of tumors recorded in rats was also statistically so low that they may have arisen by chance.
WHO and IARC have classified all radio waves (of which mobile signals are a part) as “possibly carcinogenic”, but only because “there is evidence that does not support a claim that exposure can cause cancer in humans ”.
This can easily be compared to the risk of eating pickled vegetables or using talcum powder for example, both of which are classified as “possibly carcinogenic”, while alcoholic beverages and processed meats are classified as presenting a higher risk because the evidence linking them to cancer is stronger.
The main conclusion of the WHO of its reviews of electromagnetic fields is that “exposures below the limits recommended in the international guidelines of the ICNIRP [which are used in the UK] do not appear to have any known health consequences ”.
Fear of millimeter waves
One of the other claims made in the books concerns the apparent dangers of 5G millimeter waves (MMW). In Waking up to 5G and The dangers of 5G, the authors claim that these waves are extremely dangerous and are absorbed through the skin, can burn the skin, cause tissue destruction, and lead to other internal health problems.
Public confusion around 5G and millimeter waves, which have been used in US military projects, has cultivated unnecessary fear around 5G, said Howard Jones, head of network communications at EE, the first company to activate. its 5G network. I Last year.
He explained that the millimeter wave spectrum is not deployed because there is no license to do so for mobile. “We are using the 3.4 GHz spectrum as it was acquired in Ofcom’s auction,” he said, adding: “The safeguards are in place and it is anyway. fundamentally safe technology. “
“We’ve been very public about it, but of course if people aren’t looking for it, they won’t find it. In addition, the technology is by no means dangerous, all the boards of the organizations which examine these frequencies examine up to 300 GHz.
Many books are written by well-known conspiracy theorists and consumers have requested that they be removed from the site entirely. And while a large number of books on the 5G conspiracy were found for sale on the site, there were more anti-vaxxers and 9/11 deniers, including the book by conspiracy theorist David Icke. The trigger: the lie that changed the world.
Despite the dangers of this spread of disinformation, the books that use these unverified claims are from Amazon UK – a site that also sells trusted educational material to institutions and consumers around the world.
A spokesperson for the company said, “Amazon maintains content guidelines for the books we sell and we continue to rate our catalog, listening to customer feedback.
“We have always asked sellers, authors and publishers to provide accurate information on product pages, and we remove those who violate our policies.”
The site guidelines state that “objectionable” content is allowed, as long as it is not pornography or content deemed inappropriate: “As a bookseller, we provide our customers with access to a variety of points. view, including books that some customers may find objectionable, “it reads.” That said, we reserve the right not to sell certain content, such as pornography or other inappropriate content. “