about pedobear (or how to learn from 4chan) 

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Pedobear is a cartoon mascot that became a well-known icon through its usage on 4chan to signal moderators and other users that illegal pornographic content had been posted. Due to the widespread nature of its application, Pedobear has been often misinterpreted as a symbol of pedophilia and lolita complex, especially in the news media and law enforcement agencies.


The history of Pedobear is a strong example on how an (high scale) Internet based community such as 4chan, faced with one of the main problems in chats, forums and boards. This cute-cartoon-bear stratagem is a clever usage of online image’s power to ridicule whose users that infested the website’s boards with pedopornographic content without just appeal to ban or censorship.


Pedobear, laser cut on cereal box, 2014


[1] original Pedobear ASCII created on 2chan board. http://aa.2ch.net/test/read.cgi/kao/1046353580/
[2] Pedobear on KnowYourMeme. http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/pedobear#fn2