A movement on social media intended to change the flag of Sweden to make it more Muslim friendly has been exposed as a hoax, says the BBC.
The BBC makes a big deal out of the decline in traffic to 4 chan. Obviously, eyeballs would be down since Trump won. His fight for the presidency increased views at many alt-right and conservative web sites. People has stopped to catch their breath a little, I think.
Parodying the left is still a productive endeavor, which 4 chan will probably continue so long as the lunatic left keeps up its crazy behavior.
Let Swedes continue to celebrate with the cross.
Excerpt from the BBC
Internet pranksters tried to start a hoax campaign to change the cross on the Swedish flag to a Turkish-style crescent and star. Although a few people were tricked, the lacklustre response to the campaign co-ordinated on 4chan could be a sign that the extreme message board’s influence on internet culture is starting to wane.
The petition on campaigning site Avaaz.org was written in strident, over-the-top language by someone trying to mimic a hard-left activist: “The Swedish flag is a constant reminder of our dark and oppressive past. Refugees and migrants are forced to live under its Christian Cross; a symbol of the Crusades and the slaughter of millions of innocent Islamic lives in Sweden’s past that makes them feel unwelcome and unsafe. Sweden should be a safe space for everyone.”
But there are several clues pointing to the fact that the campaign was not an authentic drive to swap the Christian imagery on the Swedish flag for a symbol associated with Islam. The petition was started not by a Swede but by “Elsa N.” whose location is listed on Avaaz as “United Kingdom”.
And chat on 4chan’s “Politically Incorrect” (or “/pol/”) message board shows that the idea was born not on the far left but on a corner of the internet known as a breeding ground for the white nationalist alt-right.
Since Monday, posts on the board have been pushing “Operation Swedistan”. One of the original threads outlined the aims of the effort, starting with: “Create significant traction in a movement to replace Sweden’s Christian flag with an Islamic crescent.”
The thread went on to speculate that “A movement will organically form defending the Christian flag of Sweden” and lead to rising nationalism. In response, the 4chan activists planned to: “Protest online against these movements defending the existing flag. Claim that all those that wish to defend it are racist and xenophobic cretins that don’t wish for Sweden to be ‘Inclusive’ and ‘A safe space for everyone.'”
The petition that 4channers hoped would go viral attracted a few thousand signatures before it was taken down
The /pol/ board was famously a huge source of alt-right memes and internet propaganda during the 2016 US presidential election.
And the Swedish flag hoax was just the latest in a stream of 4chan plots designed to discredit leftist activists, call attention to the alt-right or poke fun at the mainstream media. Recently /pol/ users were urged to distribute leaflets saying “It’s OK to be white”. The pranksters hoped the posters, which were spotted in various locations around the world, would prompt a backlash by media outlets and (somehow) a counter-backlash which would convert people to white nationalism. The poster incidents were widely reported but the campaign’s origins were quickly revealed.