Facebook search of ‘Kyle Rittenhouse’ reveals nothing for users in his trial

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

A screenshot job by Daily Caller does not display any results when typing “Kyle Rittenhouse” into the Facebook search bar and Fox News found the same result by searching on mobile and computer for the full name of the 18-year-old from Illinois who is currently on trial for allegedly shooting three people in 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 indicates that 594,000 people are talking about the trial but no results are shown.

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

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In August 2020, following the shooting in Kenosha for which Rittenhouse was 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 rep told The Verge. “We block searches for a ton of things – for example, child exploitation content.” When Facebook first admitted to blocking Rittenhouse-related search results, it noted he called the incident a “mass murder” and deleted his Facebook and Instagram accounts.

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

Kyle Rittenhouse testified Wednesday in his ongoing trial in Kenosha County Court.

Rittenhouse is charged with two counts of homicide, one count of attempted homicide, reckless endangering 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 Wisconsin from Illinois to protect local businesses and provide medical aid after two nights of looting and business fires.

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

The prosecution has attempted to portray Rittenhouse as the instigator of the events, including pointing out that he is the only person to have shot someone during the night of the unrest. In Wednesday’s trial, Rittenhouse’s defense asked the presiding judge to quash the trial with prejudice, which would end the trial and prevent Rittenhouse from facing the same charges again.

Fox News’s Stephanie Pagones contributed to this report