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Swedish teens charged with slander for 'slut-shaming' on Instagram

May 21, 2013 at 4:11 PM   |   Comments

GOTHENBURG, Sweden, May 21 (UPI) -- Two teenage girls in Sweden were charged Tuesday with participating in an Instagram account that encouraged "slut-shaming."

The two Gothenburg high school students face slander charges, the Swedish news agency Tidningarnas Telegrambyra reported.

The account set off a student riot in Gothenburg this year when a crowd of teens descended on a high school, Plusgymnasiet, to confront a girl they wrongly believed was behind the account. She had been removed by police before their arrival.

The two girls charged are 15 and 16. Investigators say the 15-year-old admitted posting to the account and implicated the 16-year-old, although she told a local newspaper, Goteborgs-Posten, she was panicky when she posted pictures and set controls so they could be viewed by everyone.

The older girl denies the charge, although investigators say online traffic implicates her.

Annika Borman, the prosecutor in the case, said the girls face 46 slander charges. Borman said she selected those out of about 100 allegations because investigators had screen grabs of what had been posted online.

A trial is scheduled for June.

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