Facebook search for ‘Kyle Rittenhouse’ yields nothing to users during his trial

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Facebook users who typed the name “Kyle Rittenhouse” into the platform’s search bar find that no results are displayed.

A screenshot job by Daily Caller shows no results when “Kyle Rittenhouse” is typed into the Facebook search bar and Fox News found the same result when searching mobile and desktop for the 18-year-old’s full name from Illinois who is currently on trial for allegedly shooting three people during a 2020 riot in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

KENOSHA, WISCONSIN – NOVEMBER 10: Kyle Rittenhouse is sworn in to testify during his trial at the Kenosha County Courthouse on November 10, 2021 in Kenosha, Wisconsin. (Photo by Mark Hertzberg-Pool/Getty Images)

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When searching for “Kyle Rittenhouse” on a mobile device, a message says 594,000 people are talking about the trial but no results appear.

When Fox News typed in the name “Rittenhouse”, numerous articles related to the lawsuit appeared.

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In August 2020, following the Kenosha shooting for which Rittenhouse is on trial, Facebook openly admitted that they were blocking search results for the name “Kyle Rittenhouse”.

KENOSHA, WISCONSIN - NOVEMBER 10: Kyle Rittenhouse takes a drink of water while testifying during his trial at the Kenosha County Courthouse on November 10, 2021 in Kenosha, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Mark Hertzberg-Pool/Getty Images)

KENOSHA, WISCONSIN – NOVEMBER 10: Kyle Rittenhouse takes a drink of water while testifying during his trial at the Kenosha County Courthouse on November 10, 2021 in Kenosha, Wisconsin. (Photo by Mark Hertzberg-Pool/Getty Images)

“It’s not really new,” a Facebook representative told The Verge. “We block searches for a ton of things – for example, child exploitation content.” When Facebook first admitted to blocking search results related to Rittenhouse, it noted he called the incident a “mass murder” and deleted his Facebook and Instagram accounts.

Facebook did not immediately respond to a Fox News request for comment.

Kyle Rittenhouse spoke Wednesday during his ongoing trial in Kenosha County Court.

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Rittenhouse is charged with two counts of homicide, one count of attempted homicide, reckless endangerment of security and unlawful possession of a dangerous weapon by a person under the age of 18.

He was 17 when he and at least one friend said they traveled to the Wisconsin town from Illinois to protect local businesses and provide medical aid after two nights of looting and burning of businesses.

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Rittenhouse’s attorneys have repeatedly argued that their client was acting in self-defense and fired his semi-automatic rifle because he was being chased or confronted with a gun.

The prosecution tried to portray Rittenhouse as the person behind the events, including pointing out that he was the only person to shoot someone during the night of the Troubles. During Wednesday’s trial, Rittenhouse’s defense asked the presiding judge for a mistrial with prejudice, which would end the trial and prevent Rittenhouse from facing the same charges again.

Fox News’ Stephanie Pagones contributed to this report