Dagens Nyheter warns Swedish public of a new worrying phenomenon. There are immigrant-critical people on social media trying to “influence the Swedish election” – with the help of joke images from the classic TV3 figure Skurt.
By – Brünnhilde
“Skurt memes and humor assist the high-extremists on the 4chan Internet Forum in influencing the Swedish parliamentary elections,” DN writes in a long review article published on Tuesday.
The left-wing magazine, among other things, raises alarms that “right-wing” trolls at the 4chan Forum are interested in the parliamentary elections this fall.
It is the same image-based forum that popularized frog Pepe as a wide-known internet meme. The frog was later stamped as a right-wing “hat symbol” in the Left-Liberal American media.
Now, DN has discovered that the coarse-like figure Skurt from TV3’s classic children’s program is being used in a similar illiterate purpose for network users in Sweden.
“Using these shared images, users also try to spread statements that Social Democrats and Moderates in the Riksdag made decisions that led to what is meant to be” an increase in crime, police costs or social costs,” writes DN.
The magazine also mentions the existence of “an internal chat group whose messages DN has shared” which deals with these tso-called operations.
A person engaged in the chat group states for Free Times that users “brainstorm ideas and make flyers and memes, and most of them are harmless.”
“So, just collection of statistics and such stuff,” he says.
In a follow-up article, DN has spoken to Skurt’s creator, the present-day 69-year-old Ingamay Hörnberg, who clearly establishes her distance from the joke images online.
“Skurt has been abused sometimes, where he looked really ugly and described as someone who puts hard against hard. But the fact that Skurt would become a political tool of extremism is the furthest from the truth you can come,” she explains to the newspaper.
DN’s journalist also wants to know what Ingamay Hörnberg is going to do to “stop using Skurt.” She answers that it is difficult to stop things that get spread quickly in today’s society.
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