Sweden bans influencing the election ahead of upcoming election

in satire •  last year 

Only days before the national election in Sweden, the Swedish government has decided to ban all attempts to influence the outcome. All videos, advertisements and arguments promoting the Sweden Democrats (SD), the most immigration restrictive party, will be investigated and prosecuted, according to a government press release.

The Swedish security service Säpo has registered an unusually high activity especially on Facebook, where some users seem to interfere in the election by trying to win people over by using debate, reasoned arguments and even facts and crime statistics pertaining to Sweden’s immigrant population. Säpo also reports there have been cases of people making YouTube videos in support of the Sweden Democrats, even from foreign countries.

There is a growing fear that SD may get close to 25 % of the seats in the Swedish parliament as a result of the election interference. According to Säpo, there are powerful forces backing them up, and satire and humour are apparently one of the tools being used, which seem to be extremely effective.

“This unacceptable behaviour goes against all of our values here in Sweden, where people are supposed to think for themselves and independently decide which party to vote for”, a government spokesperson said, concluding that "this will lead to strong repercussions against Russia.”


https://scandinavianjournal.com/

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Influencing other sapien brains should be considered aggression. You're words are firing chemicals and electricity throughout my brain... and that's assault sir.

Agreed. And when fired by Russia, words are extra violent.

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The Swedish security service Säpo has registered an unusually high activity especially on Facebook, where some users seem to interfere in the election by trying to win people over by using debate, reasoned arguments and even facts

If it's considered illegitimate and even illegal to try to influence an election outcome by using debate, reasoned arguments and facts ... then democracy is dead.

Post-edit: Seems like I fell for Poe's law ...

But if the Russians do it! Then unacceptable.