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Meta reverses policy that blocked people from searching for Kyle Rittenhouse on Facebook and Instagram

Meta reverses policy that blocked people from searching for Kyle Rittenhouse on Facebook and Instagram
Kyle Rittenhouse at the Kenosha County Courthouse on November 17, 2021 in Kenosha, Wisconsin.Sean Krajacic/Pool via Getty Images


Facebook, now Meta, blocked users from searching for Kyle Rittenhouse or praising him in August 2020.




The company confirmed to the BBC it has now reversed its policy on searching for Rittenhouse.




Rittenhouse fatally shot two men and injured a third in August 2020. A jury acquitted him last month.


Meta, the company formerly known as Facebook, has reversed a policy it implemented in August 2020, which blocked people from searching for Kyle Rittenhouse, the BBC reported.Rittenhouse fatally shot two men and injured a third in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on August 25, 2020, amid civil unrest following the shooting of Jacob Blake.Rittenhouse was characterised by some as a dangerous vigilante by some and as a hero by others, and Big Tech platforms including Facebook had to grapple with how to moderate discussion of the shooting.Brian Fishman, Facebook's head of Dangerous Organizations and Individuals team at the time, tweeted two days later, saying the company had designated the incident as a mass murder and removed the shooter's (Rittenhouse's) accounts from Facebook and Instagram.
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