How Sweden is Fighting Fake News

Sweden has just celebrated 250 years of press freedom. If you thought this tradition would make it safe from fake news, you’d be wrong.

According to Ehsan Fadakar, social media columnist at tabloid Aftonbladet, Sweden has seen a worrying growth in hate speech and sharing misinformation about immigration. Sweden has historically been a popular place for migrants. The number of asylum applications to Sweden doubled between 2014 and 2015 to more than 160,000 — as many as half were routinely accepted. However, as in Germany, immigration has fueled anger and, in turn, has given rise to nationalist groups in the country not unlike the so-called alt-right in the U.S.

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