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Swedish ‘Thought Police’ Brings Elderly Ladies to Justice for ‘Hate Speech’

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Two vans of the Swedish Police in Stockholm

Two vans of the Swedish Police in Stockholm, Sweden. Photo: Peter Isotalo.

A group, regarding itself as a protector of free speech and which admits to prioritizing protection of journalists and politicians, was surprised at how many seniors are engaged in “inciting hate.”

Last year, Sweden saw a huge increase of charges brought against individuals for incitement of hatred. Many of these cases have been attributed to the activity of a particular group aimed at weeding out hate speech online, the daily newspaper Svenska Dagbladet reported.

Näthatsgruppen or the Net Hate Group was founded in 2017 as a gathering of individuals joining forces to battle hate and crimes against democracy. The network consists of lawyers, former policemen and programmers, who have created a program that peruses through social media, above all Facebook, for “crimes of opinion.”

The program is looking for specific words and phrases that may be interpreted as inciting hate against people groups. The results are later sifted through manually.

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