Facebook announced that it will now allow its users to search for Kyle Rittenhouse and praise him once more on its platform, following his acquittal on charges he faced for killing two people in Kenosha, Wisconsin, last August.
The move is a reversal of the ban put in place two days after the shooting last year.
Users will now be able to show their support for Rittenhouse, 18, though Facebook – whose parents company is now called Meta – will continue to delete posts that glorify the deaths resulting from last year’s shooting in Kenosha, according to Sally Aldous, a Facebook spokesperson.
‘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,’ Aldous told Dailymail.com.
‘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.’
Rittenhouse was acquitted of five felony charges, including first-degree intentional homicide, following the August 2020 shooting, claiming during his trial in November that the killings were done in self-defense.
The decision alters a company policy that was put in place two days after the shooting. At the time, Facebook called the incident a ‘mass murder’ and said that it would remove praise and support of Rittenhouse as well as have limited searches on his name under ‘standard practice.’
Kyle Rittenhouse’s name will now be accessible to search again on Facebook, following the platform’s decision to allow people who sided with him at trial to praise him online
Facebook’s decision comes a year after the ban was put in place two days after the shooting last year
Facebook users who sided with Rittenhouse since last year’s shooting will now be able to post about their opinions on the matter on the platform once more. Pictured: A supporter of Kyle Rittenhouse reacts to Rittenhouse’s verdict outside the Kenosha County Courthouse, Friday, November 19, 2021, in Kenosha, Wisconsin
People could still talk about Rittenhouse and his trial in neutral or negative tones while the old policy was still in place.
When asked whether the company regrets its initial decision to limit searches on the trial and Rittenhouse’s name, Aldous declined to comment. However, Rittenhouse will be permitted to rejoin Facebook and other sites owned by its parent company, Meta.
Meanwhile, recently acquitted Kenosha shooter Kyle Rittenhouse has revealed that he plans to destroy the AR-15 rifle he used to fatally shoot two men last year during a Black Lives Matter riot in Wisconsin.
‘That’s my rifle,’ the teen said Tuesday during an appearance on the conservative podcast The Charlie Kirk Show, after host Charlie Kirk flashed a photo of Kenosha prosecutor Thomas Binger holding the now infamous firearm in court last month during Rittenhouse’s trial for murder.
Rittenhouse then told Kirk, 28, and right-wing journalist Jack Posobiec, 35, that the rifle is ‘being destroyed right now.’
‘We don’t want anything to do with that,’ he added.
He and Kirk discussed Tuesday how Binger held the AR-15 Rittenhouse used to fatally shoot Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber, and injure Gaige Grosskreutz, during the violence in 2020.
Binger was heavily criticized for how he handled the firearm during a demonstration in court, placing his finger on the trigger – something deemed incredibly dangerous and unprofessional unless one fully intends to shoot.
Rittenhouse pictured with the gun in question during the August 25, 2020 protests, where he shot two men dead and wounded another in what a jury determined was self-defense
Kenosha Assistant District Attorney Binger holds Rittenhouse’s AR-15 during the November trial. He was heavily criticized over his technique
During the hour-long interview, Rittenhouse aired a variety of grievances against Binger, which he said arose during the trial – starting with how the Wisconsin jurist handled the high-profile weapon.
On-air, Rittenhouse slammed the Kenosha assistant district attorney for placing his finger on the trigger in what he viewed as an unprofessional – and dangerous – manner during a courtroom demonstration.
‘He was pointing the gun at the gallery, and I looked at my attorney,’ Rittenhouse said, referring to one of the lawyers on his defense team, Corey Chirafisi.
‘I said, “Corey, that’s Gun Safety 101,”‘ the teen recalled. ‘Loaded or unloaded, treat a gun like it’s loaded.’
Kirk then questioned Rittenhouse further about the courtroom incident, showing the teen a photo of Binger brandishing the AR-15.
‘So Kyle, you’re sitting there,’ Kirk said during the discussion. ‘It’s closing arguments, right?’
Kyle Rittenhouse, 18, assured a panel than included Kirk, second from left, and right-wing journalist Jack Posobiec, far left, that the rifle is ‘being destroyed right now.’ Rittenhouse’s spokesman, right, was also present during the interview
‘Oh my god, yeah,’ Rittenhouse says.
‘You have attorney Binger pick up an AR-15, and just decide-’ Kirk then says, analyzing the photo of the prosecutor pointing the weapon – before suddenly blurting out: ‘You have better trigger posture than him, Kyle!’
‘What is he pointing at?’ Posobiec then rhetorically asks Rittenhouse and Kirk, astounded by Binger’s brazen waving of the weapon in Wisconsin court.
Kirk then asks: ‘Is he threatening the jury?’
‘Pretty much,’ Rittenhouse replies. ‘He was pointing the gun at the gallery, and I looked at my attorney.‘
‘This was your gun, right?’ Kirk asks.
‘That’s my rifle – that we’re having destroyed right now,’ Rittenhouse then reveals.
‘We don’t want anything to do with that.’
Rittenhouse also explained he had been on the stand when Binger commented on his ‘post-arrest silent [sic]’.
‘I was like ‘what the f***,’ this is basic, middle school Constitution test stuff. I know this stuff, you don’t comment on a defendant’s post-arrest silence,’ he said.
Dominick Black, 19, purchased the AR-15 that Rittenhouse used in Kenosha at the teen’s behest. He is now facing charges and his own trial for the illegal transaction
Black, seen here on the witness stand on November 2 as a Kenosha police detective shows him the rifle he said he bought for Rittenhouse, accompanied the teen to the Kenosha protests in August. They both said they had been separated in the buildup to the shooting
Rittenhouse claimed he took the stand because he ‘wanted the world to know who the real Kyle Rittenhouse was’
Rittenhouse (pictured on the ground) was kicked in the face during the August 2020 riot and said he acted in self-defense when he shot three of his assailants, killing two of them. He was found not guilty on all charges
Rittenhouse’s lawyers look at the weapon that their client used to kill two men during the August attacks during a November hearing. Prosecutors argued during the case that the type of weapon used by Rittenhouse during the riots indicated he was looking to kill the men
‘Binger’s a crazy person,’ Kirk said.
Kirk compared Rittenhouse’s experience to ‘standing up to a bully in the hallway’ and it ‘resonated’ with so many people.
The host played a clip of Binger in court saying: ‘You lost the right to self-defense when you’re the only that brings the gun, when you’re the one that brings the danger.’
Kirk questioned: ‘Is that what the law says?’
‘No,’ Rittenhouse says. ‘I’m just a normal 17 or 18-year-old kid. I way I look at it, what he’s saying, is that no one has the right to defend themselves in the world – or in the United States – that means, what he’s saying is no one is allowed to carry a gun essentially. That’s what I get out of it.’
Jack agreed, stating that Binger ‘conflated’ the situation.
He did, however, defend the judge, claiming he was unbiased but simply a ‘constitutionalist.’
Over the course of the interview, Rittenhouse opened up about the trial, revealing that he knew the ‘state didn’t have a case’ against him when ‘they put Dominic Black on the stand.’ Black had purchased the AR-15 Rittenhouse used in Kenosha with the teen’s money.
The teen also discussed the risk of taking the stand instead of pleading the Fifth, but explained he ‘wanted the world to know who the real Kyle Rittenhouse was.’
He told Kirk that he had been ‘freaking out’ during the run-up to the trial, despite his remarkably calm composure in court, but he felt the tide turn in his favor when the prosecution called his friend Black.
He explained that he knew then that there wasn’t a case against him because the prosecution was banking on Black to ‘lie,’ he claimed.
‘There’s two [turning points] actually when I knew that state didn’t have a case was when they had their opening statements and they put Dominic Black on the stand, which really helped me,’ the teen said. He didn’t mention the second reason.
‘This is just speculation, but I think they called Dominic to the stand hoping he would lie, but Dominic was under oath and he told the truth.’
‘People want to push their own agendas and they don’t want to look at the facts of what happened and they just don’t want to get to know me as a person or just as a human,’ Rittenhouse said on the conservative talk show.
‘My reason for taking the stand was I wanted the world to know who the real Kyle Rittenhouse was.’
Kirk called Rittenhouse a ‘normal kid, who got caught into something you didn’t want to get catch into.’
Rittenhouse has been vocally critical of his former lawyers John Pierce and Lin Wood who he claims left him in jail for 87 days so they could use funds raised for his bail for themselves.
Kenosha Police Detective Ben Antaramian prepares to show the assault-style rifle belonging to Rittenhouse to the jury during a November, 8 hearing
The Kenosha officer handled the high-powered weapon with great care during the trial – something Kenosha Assistant District Attorney Binger failed to do when he pointed the weapon around the Kenosha court room during his questioning of Rittenhouse
Conservative personalities Posobiec, 35, and Kirk, 28, presided over the Monday panel, where they spoke to Rittenhouse, 18, for more than an hour
On Monday, he slammed them again.
‘They like to think they’re heroes, they are just a bunch of fraud men.’
He also complained about Wood’s QAnon rants and election fraud theories.
‘He’s completely insane and needs to be on meds.’
The teenage and his guests Jack and Dave also plugged the fundraiser for the teen.
The teen also stated he was surprised about how many people ‘supported the right to self-defense.’
‘I didn’t know how many people supported the right to self-defense.’