Facebook reportedly used anti-Facebook protesters’ art against them

When an anti-Facebook group protested a company executive during a hearing in July, the company reportedly used their art against them, flagging it as anti-Semitic.

Protesters from Freedom From Facebook, a group that believes Facebook is a monopoly, held up signs during a House Judiciary Committee hearing for the company’s global policy management head Monika Bickert. The signs showed Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg as two heads of an octopus, a symbol that’s been used to denote monopolies.

The octopus has also been used as an anti-Semitic symbol — often with exaggerated facial features, a common hate symbol trope which the group didn’t use — and Zuckerberg and Sandberg are both Jewish.

An official from Facebook, which has invested heavily in campaign-style opposition research and tactics, called the Anti-Defamation League to flag the signs, according to a <>