A screenshot posted by Daily Caller shows no results when "Kyle Rittenhouse" is typed into the Facebook search bar. Fox News confirmed this, and found the same result when searching on both mobile and desktop the full name of the 18-year-old from Illinois who is currently on trial for allegedly shooting three people during a 2020 riot in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
When searching "Kyle Rittenhouse" on a mobile device, a message states that 594,000 people are talking about the trial, but no specific results appear.
When Fox News typed in the name "Rittenhouse," several articles related to the trial appeared.
"It’s not actually new," a Facebook representative told The Verge. "We block searches for a ton of stuff – for instance, child exploitation content." When Facebook first acknowledged blocking Rittenhouse-related search results, it announced it had deemed the incident a "mass murder" and removed his Facebook and Instagram accounts.
Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Kyle Rittenhouse took the stand on Wednesday in his ongoing trial in Kenosha County court.
Rittenhouse is charged with two counts of homicide, one count of attempted homicide, recklessly endangering safety, and illegal possession of a dangerous weapon by a person under 18.
Rittenhouse’s attorneys have argued repeatedly that their client was acting in self-defense and fired his semi-automatic rifle because he was being chased or faced with a gun.
The prosecution has tried to depict Rittenhouse as the person who instigated the events, emphasizing that he is the only person to have shot someone during the night of unrest.
Kyle Rittenhouse took the stand to testify at his murder trial on Wednesday, crying so hard at one point that the judge called a break to allow the defendant to collect himself.
Before breaking down in tears, Rittenhouse said he was not looking for trouble when he went armed with a military-style assault rifle to downtown Kenosha, Wis., on Aug. 25, 2020, before he fatally shot two people and wounded another during a chaotic third night of protests following the police shooting of Jacob Blake.
He was 17 when he and at least one friend traveled to Wisconsin city from Illinois to protect local businesses and provide medical aid following two nights of businesses being looted and set on fire.
During Wednesday's trial, Rittenhouse's defense asked the presiding judge for a mistrial with prejudice, which would end the trial and prevent Rittenhouse from facing the same charges again.