Facebook classified Rittenhouse as murderer and tagged him for censorship months before the trial
Facebook did not wait for a jury to decide on the Kyle Rittenhouse case – they announced that they had classified him as a mass murderer just days after the incident, and censored online discussion of the case.
“We’ve designated the shooting in Kenosha a mass murder and are removing posts in support of the shooter,” Facebook announced a few days after Rittenhouse killed two men and wounded another in self-defense.
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According to reports from the New York Post, Facebook policed its users for pro-Kyle Rittenhouse posts and removed content supporting his case for self-defense.
In the United States, defendants are innocent until proven guilty – the pillar upon which the criminal justice system of this country rests. Facebook did not wait for Rittenhouse to have his day in court (where he was found not guilty on all charges), and they also took action to make sure the millions of users on their platform did not have access to information and discussion supporting the jury’s eventual verdict of self-defense.
“We don’t allow symbols, praise or support of dangerous individuals or organizations on Facebook. We define dangerous as things like: terrorist activity, organized hate or violence, mass or serial murder, human trafficking, criminal or harmful activity,” reads Facebook’s statement.
“One of the big things that they did was manipulate the search engine so you couldn’t even find any references to Kyle Rittenhouse,” said Dan Gainor, vice president of the Media Research Center. “They’re out of touch with normal people.”
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“Employees are drunk on the absolute power of being in control of civics in America, without ever having to visit a voting booth (if voting is even an option),” according to insider information obtained by the Post.
“Big Tech think they’re above the law,” said Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO). “They made up their minds on this case months ago, sought to deny Kyle Rittenhouse the presumption of innocence and censored those who disagreed.”
Many public figures, including President Joe Biden, have come under fire for statements, labels, and judgements leveled at Kyle Rittenhouse before his trial.
“A 17 year old white supremacist domestic terrorist drove across state lines, armed with an AR 15,” Representative Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) infamously tweeted on August 26, 2020. “He shot and killed 2 people who had assembled to affirm the value, dignity, and worth of Black lives. Fix your damn headlines.”
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Many argue that those who made public statements about Rittenhouse and his actions are at best foolish, and at worst, should be sued for defamation.
“Seems like slander to me,” one Twitter user said in response to Pressley’s tweet.
“Democrats and the media engaged in a smear campaign against Kyle Rittenhouse. There are a bunch of media outlets and Hollywood celebrities who had better hire some defamation lawyers,” tweeted Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX).
“Don’t forget that our country’s largest tech & social media platforms would NOT allow Rittenhouse to fundraise nor defend himself — because THEY decided he was guilty… yet, a JUDGE AND JURY did not.BREAK BIG TECH UP *NOW.* It’s critical to the preservation of our nation,” tweeted Trish Regan.
“Kyle Rittenhouse has been slandered and defamed by the fake news media, “woke” celebrities, Big Tech giants, and powerful Democrat politicians including Joe Biden. But they failed to convict him. Because Justice and TRUTH still matter in this country. For now. Congrats Kyle!” tweeted Lance Gooden.