Conspiracy theorists mistake Boss Metal Zone schematic for “5G chip” they claim is implanted in COVID-19 vaccines

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COVID-19 conspiracy theory Boss Metal Zone

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Conspiracy theorists in Italy are claiming that the COVID-19 vaccines will be laced with a “5G chip”. Their ‘evidence’: a circuit diagram for the alleged chip that, in reality, is a reworked schematic for the Boss Metal Zone.

The conspiracy theorists spread the schematic online, claiming it depicts the diagram for the alleged 5G chip. The image has a section labelled “5G Frequency” alongside terms guitarists will find familiar: “MT-2 Gain” and “Footswitch” and more.

Mario Fusco, a senior software engineer at Redhat, spotted the misinformation and flagged it on Twitter.

“Here in Italy people started to share this figure claiming that this is the diagram of the 5G chip that has been inserted in the COVID vaccine,” he tweeted. “In reality it is the electric circuit of a guitar pedal”.

Take a look below:

The image has since received a number of online responses, most comic in nature.

“These people with their conspiracy theories are so tiresome, it’s always ‘wah-wah-wah’,” wrote one Twitter user, who shared an image of a Boss AW-3 Dynamic Wah.

Another user jokingly commented on the analogue design of the alleged “COVID-19 5G Chip”, tweeting: “Excellent. Reassured to know that 5G relies on op-amps and some 1n4148 diodes. Proper old school. None of that digital and microprocessor nonsense. I’ll take one in each arm.”

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