When Max Karlsson found out that he was going to be in charge of Sweden’s official Twitter account this week, he was looking forward to sharing some of his photography, or riffing about music and technology – nothing too different from how hundreds of others have used the handle since Sweden opened it up to ordinary users in 2011.
“My thought was to speak about the interests and values that I have,” Karlsson, 22, said in a phone interview Monday evening. “And then Trump hit.”
I find it fascinating that the official Twitter account for Sweden changes hands every week between Swedish citizens. In this particular case, it gives an ordinary Swede the opportunity to use facts to dispel a bunch of nonsense from the most powerful man in the world, who is apparently incapable of separating fact from Fox News-infused fiction.