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Sweden under pressure to adopt Islamic national flag

Summary of Disinformation

A social media campaign is pressuring Sweden to adopt a Turkish-style flag due to Islam’s rapid growth in the country, the campaign’s hashtag being #ForBetterSweden.

Disproof

There are no plans to change the Swedish flag. In fact, Swedish fact checker initiative Viralgranskaren have found that the false campaign originates from the webforum 4chan, known for its trolling and spreading of disinformation. There is no indication that the campaign would be serious. Rather, the campaign seems to be staged for the purpose of provoking trolls on the 4chan web forum. This has been done, among other things, by tweets under the newly created hash tag #ForBetterSweden, fake propaganda images and altered screenshots from newspapers such as Slate and Buzzfeed. The similar site 8chan has a thread about the project. www.metro.se/artikel/4chan-anv%C3%A4ndare-bakom-falsk-namninsamling-f%C3%B6r-att-%C3%A4ndra-sveriges-flagga

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Reported in: Issue 89
Date: 14.11.2017
Language: English
Country: Sweden
Keywords: Islamisation, Conspiracy
Outlet where the disinformation appeared: Infowars
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