Head of Social Media ‘Hate Speech’ Reporting Group Nominated for ‘Swedish Hero’ Award
Tomas Åberg, project manager for Näthatsgranskaren, or “Network Examiner” an internet-based group who report Swedes to authorities if they are caught posting “hate speech” online, has been nominated for the “Swedish Hero” award by one of the country’s major newspapers.
According to Åberg, he has managed to find some 750 cases of hate speech emanating from Swedish social media accounts and reported them to the police.
For his work campaigning against Swedish citizens making disparaging remarks online, Åberg is in the running for newspaper Aftonbladet’s award which celebrates “everyday heroes who demonstrated courage, civil courage and humanity,” Aftonbladet reports.
The 43-year-old, a former police officer, started the network in January of last year and of the 750 people reported, 14 per cent have been prosecuted by the state and seven per cent, or 80 people, have been convicted. Åberg said he started the project because others were not taking hate crimes seriously enough.
Last week, Breitbart London reported that the actions of Näthatsgranskaren were driving the rise in prosecutions for hate crimes in Sweden and that the average age of those prosecuted was 55, with many of those being targeted of pensionable age.