@Sweden Official Twitter Account Blocks Thousands of Users Including Israeli Ambassador

The Sweden Institute, the government organisation that runs the official @sweden Twitter account, has blocked over 12,000 users they say promote hateful speech including Israel’s ambassador to Sweden and anti-mass migration Sweden Democrats leader Jimmie Åkesson.

The Sweden Institute (SI) has explained the move on their website saying that free speech is under threat from “internet hate”.

  • dance…dancetotheradio

    If only there was a syndrome that could describe their behaviour.

    • Alain

      Totalitarianism works for me.

      • Jim ….

        What is freedom of expression? Without the right to offend, it ceases to exist.

        Salman Rushdie

        “This sacred Privilege is so essential to free Goverments, that the Security of Property, and the Freedom of Speech always go together; and in those wretched Countries where a Man cannot call his Tongue his own, he can scarce call any Thing else his own. Whoever would overthrow the Liberty of a Nation, must begin by subduing the Freeness of Speech; a Thing terrible to Publick Traytors”

        Benjamin Franklin, Silence Dogood No. 8 1:27a

  • Hard Little Machine

    It’s like watching the last tree on earth burn. Oh well.

  • Millie_Woods

    ‘We have to stop listening to opposing opinions because free speech is under threat’.

    Reminiscent of that old chestnut from the Vietnam War about having to burn the village in order to save it.