The owners of Café des Artistes, a well-established business in Baie-Saint-Paul, found themselves in the middle of a social media storm when people associated their logo with that of a group of pedophiles.
Critics posted comments on the company’s Facebook page accusing it of having a logo very similar to the one pedophiles would use, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), to state their sexual preference for boys.
Listen to the interview with the owner of the Café des Artistes on Geneviève Pettersen’s show on QUB radio:
One of the co-owners had to defend his logo – in the shape of a triangle – which represents, on the left, a C for coffee, on the right, an A for Artists and in the center, the mountains of Charlevoix.
Rodolphe Kerbouriou maintains that he had no idea that the logo looked like that of a pedophile organization and said he was upset by the whole story.
“It destroyed me all the same,” drops Mr. Kerbouriou, one of the restaurant’s co-owners. The world has fallen on its head. I do not know what is happening with this confinement, this pandemic. Looks like it’s lynching all the time. We wonder what world we live in. ”
Several comments vilifying the coffee, which were deleted were later deleted, made reference to allegations of pedophilia.
A certain Martin Charlebois wrote: “Are you aware that your logo is a pedophilia logo, if so you are a bunch of crazy people and I want your closure and criminal charges!”
No police complaint
The trader does not intend to file a complaint with the police. The logo change is also not in the plans.
“Redoing the logo would be to prove these people right,” he argues.
He wants this whole story to be behind him as quickly as possible and no longer wants to intervene with people who have lent such intentions to his business.
“I don’t want to talk about it anymore so as not to feed the accusers. I want them to let me work and let my employees too, ”he says.
Marie-Ève Carignan, a professor at the University of Sherbrooke who is interested in the level of confidence in information sources and the belief of certain false news related to COVID-19, indicates that these kind of questionable links are often the result of information – originally true – linked to other unrelated information.
“It’s deplorable, but you have to know that these are people who are often on social networks for hours and hours and they try to make sense with information they find everywhere and, often, they will connect all kinds of little bits of information that we get all over the place, ”she explains.