Kyle Rittenhouse: Policy That Blocked Searches For Him On Facebook And Instagram Reversed

by : Poppy Bilderbeck on :
Kyle Rittenhouse: Policy That Blocked Searches For Him On Facebook And Instagram ReversedAlamy

Meta has reversed its policy that previously blocked users from searching for Kyle Rittenhouse on Instagram and Facebook.

The social media giant, which recently changed the name of its parent company from Facebook, initially blocked the 18-year-old’s name from being searched on its two platforms in August, 2020, after Rittenhouse fatally shot two men and injured another at Black Lives Matter protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin.


Rittenhouse has since been acquitted and Facebook subsequently confirmed the move to revert its policy.

Kyle Rittenhouse (Alamy)Alamy

Shortly after the shooting took place, the former director of Facebook’s Dangerous Individuals and Organizations division, Brian Fishman, took to Twitter to explain the decision, BBC News reports.

He stated:


Yesterday we designated the shooting as a mass murder and removed the shooter’s accounts from Facebook & Instagram. Per standard practice in these situations, we are also removing praise and support of the shooter and have also blocked searches of his name on our platforms.

Fishman said he had a ‘brief thread’ that offered information about the tragic shootings, ‘based on findings from FB’s initial internal investigation’.

Unlike Facebook, YouTube didn’t implement any specific policy in relation to Rittenhouse. Content was only removed if it appeared to glorify violence, which was already an existing regulation.


Moreover, YouTube’s moderation of content related to Rittenhouse’s case didn’t include removing any videos that appeared to glorify his actions, compared to Meta who blocked his name from their search engine, resulting in it coming up with only blank pages.

Rittenhouse’s own accounts on both Instagram and Facebook were also removed by the social media giant.


Kyle Rittenhouse: BLM Protesters Clash With Pro-Rittenhouse Supporters Outside Court

published at6 months ago

However, as a result of being found not guilty, Meta’s policy against Rittenhouse has since reverted.

It has even been suggested that the amount of content related to the case that was blocked by the company was a possible over-correction.


Political commentator Lou Dobbs said: 

Facebook must be stripped of its power to censor users and never again be allowed to silence political speech

Facebook declared Kyle Rittenhouse guilty, silencing his defense in the court of public opinion

As of today, November 1, Rittenhouse still has no account on either Instagram or Facebook.


Whether he will be allowed by the social media giant to make one in the future remains unclear.

If you have a story you want to tell, send it to UNILAD via [email protected]

Most Read StoriesMost Read


Mum Claims Smoking Weed While Looking After Her Kids Is No Different To Drinking Wine

Topics: News, Black Lives Matter, Facebook, Instagram, Kyle Rittenhouse, Meta


Business Insider and 1 other
  1. Business Insider

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

  2. BBC News

    Facebook reverses Kyle Rittenhouse search policy