The Hatred on Flashback

The Hatred on Flashback

Publication Date: 04/09/2015

Description

Who are the anonymous haters on Flashback - a Swedish community with more than one million users? Why do they write as they do? During one week in February 2015, Aftonbladet could reveal the anonymous writers behind a large amount of racist, sexist and hateful postings on the discussion forum. Among them we found politicians who speaks of tolerance in public, but celebrates that immigrants have died in the evenings. We found lawyers who promise to discriminate Jews in their profession. We found doctors who writes condescending things about their own patients born outside Sweden. We found common people targeting death threats against politicians and celebrities. And we confronted them all.

Technologies used for this project:

We have together with Researchgruppen gained access to a database of users and their email addresses. Through various methods, including social media such as Facebook and Twitter, we have managed to identify the persons who hides themselves behind the various email addresses. We then examined what they had written in recent years on the Flashback community.
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