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Euphoria singer pins cannabis tweet on hacker

Published: 17 Mar 2014 11:10 GMT+01:00

"Loreen's social media were hacked," her manager Torbjörn Sten said in a text message sent to the Expressen newspaper over the weekend. "According to Warner Music the problems should now have been fixed." 

The initial comment appeared to leave users befuddled rather than outraged. Only 308 of Loreen's almost 70,000 followers retweeted the statement. 

The singer herself later took to the microblogging site to explain the comment.

Loreen has become the second Swede in the public eye to be embroiled in a cannabis-related kerfuffle on social media. In January, Justice Minister Beatrice Ask shared a satirical story about cannabis in the US, which the politician appeared to think was factual.

She shared a text from The Daily Currant, the self-entitled "global satirical newspaper of record", which reported that 37 people had died on the same day that medical marijuana became legal in the US state of Colorado. It included fabricated quotes from local hospital staff:

"Stupid and sad," the Swedish minister wrote on Facebook. "My first submitted proposal in the youth wing was called 'Crush drugs!'. In this matter, I have not changed my judgment at all." 

The incident led to a spoof video being spread, in which Adolf Hitler cannot stomach the Swedish minister's social-media mishap.

Ann Törnkvist (ann.tornkvist@thelocal.com)

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