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Why Did Sweden Hand Its National Twitter Account Over To A Troll?

Sonja Abrahamsson

Sonja Abrahamsson

Sweden has been conducting a radical experiment in free speech. Since December, it has been handing the @Sweden Twitter account over to a “normal” Swedish citizen to tweet as they like. “The qualifications are that they have to be interesting, Twitter-literate and happy to post in English,” reported the NYT recently, in a piece that touched on some of the more interesting missives from @Sweden, including photos of a moose hunt, a candid criticism of Sweden’s foreign secretary, a Muslim Swede’s discussion of the ubiquity of the name Muhammad among immigrants, and an 18-year-old’s listing of his favorite leisure activities, including masturbation. Read the full story at Forbes.

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