Two teens convicted in Instagram slander trial
Two teenage girls were convicted today in the so-called Instagram trial, which has become a symbol of internet bullying in Sweden.
A District Court in Gothenburg found the two girls, aged 15 and 16, guilty of aggravated libel. The older girl will serve 45 hours community service, while the second will spend time in youth care.
They were also ordered to pay 15,000 SEK to each of the 38 plaintiffs, which makes a total of 570,000 SEK in damages.
Last winter teens in Gothenburg were outraged over sexual and other derogatory slurs posted alongside photos on the social media site Instagram.
They vented their rage on the city streets. Police struggled to contain rowdy demonstrations at two local secondary schools as the search got underway to uncover the anonymous account holders.
In today's ruling, the court said the information posted on Instagram by the two convicted girls was "of a deeply slanderous nature" and that the sexual life and health of the victims had been targeted.
The court noted that the posts had gotten a "fast and very wide distribution".