Facebook doesn’t ban fictional characters with hateful content material as a rule, however curiously Pepe the frog is properly sufficient established as a hate speech image that Fb has a really specific coverage devoted solely to the cartoon frog.
Motherboard bought their fingers on some content material moderation coverage paperwork from Fb that present Pepe, a cartoon frog harmlessly created by cartoonist Matt Furie, has earned himself the weird honor of being the one cartoon that workers reviewing content material are inspired to delete when depicted in “the context of hate.”
Whereas Pepe’s reputation as a meme appears to be waning, the coverage was doubtless born out of the classification of the frog as a hate image by the ADL and different orgs. Pepe was a generic meme lengthy earlier than he was adopted by the alt-right, however a military of web photoshoppers managed to supply loads of tousled stuff in a brief period of time. It’s fascinating that Fb has put such an emphasis on this cartoon alone without having a problem with characters like Homer Simpson having nazi imagery illustrated alongside them as additionally depicted within the inside docs.
We’ve reached out to Fb for extra particulars.