Facebook Finally Eases Up Censorship On Rittenhouse

Written By BlabberBuzz | Thursday, 02 December 2021 22:45

Facebook lifted limitations that prevent users from searching for Kyle Rittenhouse posts and endorsing the teenager.

Users will be permitted to search for posts and share their "support" for Rittenhouse after the 18-year-old was found not guilty on Nov. 19 of intentional homicide and other charges related to the fatal shootings of two men and injuring of a third throughout a riot in Kenosha, Wisconsin, according to CNN.

"After the verdict in Kenosha, we rolled back the restrictions we had in place that limited search results from returning content related to key terms including Kyle Rittenhouse," announced Andy Stone, a spokesman for Facebook.

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Stone stated users will no longer face limitations relating to Rittenhouse content but Facebook will still be removing "content that celebrates the death of the individuals killed in Kenosha."

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After the Kenosha shootings, Facebook chose to remove posts that were written in support of Rittenhouse.

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"We've designated the shooting in Kenosha a mass murder and are removing posts in support of the shooter," Facebook announced in a statement back then.

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A day after Rittenhouse's acquittal, the fundraising website, GoFundMe issued a statement that announced it would be reversing a ban on fundraisers for Rittenhouse.

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"Once charges for a violent crime were brought against Kyle Rittenhouse in 2020, GoFundMe removed fundraisers that were started for the defendant's legal defense," the fundraising platform stated. "We did this as part of our regular monitoring efforts; in addition to those fundraisers, our Trust & Safety team removed hundreds of other fundraisers between August and December 2020 — unrelated to Rittenhouse — that we determined were in violation of this long-standing policy."

"After the verdict in Kenosha we rolled back the restrictions we had in place that limited search results from returning content related to key terms including Kyle Rittenhouse," Sally Aldous, spokesperson for Facebook parent company Meta, announced in a statement to The Verge. "While we will still remove content that celebrates the death of the individuals killed in Kenosha, we will no longer remove content containing praise or support of Rittenhouse."

The changes were rolled out in the days after the verdict, Aldous stated. "Given the granularity of these policies as well as the wide public interest in these events, we anticipate enforcement at scale will be especially challenging," she announced, stating that Rittenhouse himself does not currently have any accounts on Meta's platforms — which include Facebook and Instagram — yet, in theory, he would now be able to rejoin them. Like all users, he would be subject to the company's community standards.

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