Guardian editor’s Twitter account hacked (and 5G)

A Twitter account appearing to be in the name of a technology editor for The Guardian just accused me of spreading lies about (corona virus and) 5G. WTF?!

I was utterly totally flabbergasted – and angry – until I realised that this was typical troll-like behaviour and that account apparently got hacked.

So I blocked the account and reported it to Twitter as hacked.

It’s amazing how quick I was to assume that the tweets from that account were genuine.

The only thing I have done is say that a lack of good information / understanding provided by governments about why people were suddenly no longer allowed to shake hands and told to wash hands all the time may have led some people to assume or conclude that something was getting onto their hands through their phones, in the letter I sent to the Evening Standard.

Confusion about biological viruses versus IT-related viruses might have caused such a misunderstanding. As this new virus emerged more or less at the same time that 5G is being rolled out…

Logical reasoning is not only what WE think is logical reasoning.

I learned that from quaker parrots.

An apple can look like a big intimidating object to a small bird.

Then cutting off a slice of that apple and give it to the apple-loving bird might make a human conclude that as the slice is okay, the apple has to be okay too, but we humans do that on the basis of knowing that the apple is okay.

For a bird that has no prior experience with whole apples, the conclusion that the slice – maybe only that particular slice – might not be good is actually also logical, isn’t it?

Logical reasoning is easy – i.e. limited because it can arrive at one conclusion only – if you already have the answer that you want to arrive at.

If you don’t possess all the answers yet, you might draw different conclusions.

Fortunately, the bird in question also had a terrific sense of humour and often poked fun at me. I learned a lot from her about the arrogance of humans.



5 thoughts on “Guardian editor’s Twitter account hacked (and 5G)

  1. Next I spotted a tweet from a BBC technology editor correspondent apparently not realizing that he is was telling people that 5G might indeed be dangerous by comparing it with sunlight!

    Ozone hole anyone?


  2. And that was followed by someone tweeting to me that 5G may or may not boil people in their skin, but he did it in such a way that few people will have caught that, while referring to, I think, UK secondary-school physics in an attempt to show the opposite (that it’s harmless).

    I didn’t bother responding.

    At least that one wasn’t claiming to be a Guardian or BBC technology editor/correspondent.


  3. One more comment came in. I was tempted to tweet them a photo of me in my mask and explain that I was not taking any chances with 5G and would wear a mask for the rest of my life from now on and a high-SPF cream on my ears and hands, but that would have been very naughty of me. Troll-like.

    These self-appointed and officially appointed male technology gurus seem to be doing more harm than good in explaining science and technology to the world and in reassuring people who have every right to ask all kinds of questions and who may have concerns that should never be dismissed as silly.

    I can only shake my head and shrug.


    • Oops, couldn’t resist after all – following several likes – but I think I made sufficiently clear that I was laughing at them very loudly.

      Laughter is good for my health.


      • That revealed one of them as a genuine troll.

        Called me “as thick as a plank” for making fun of them. I mean, has to be a troll, right?


        It’s the very-well-paid top science and technology editors that sadden and anger me. Those folks really should know better than post graphs about radiation frequencies and inadvertently suggest that 5G might give people a form of sunburn or even skin cancer.


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