Back in September of 2020, days after the August 25th riot in Kenosha, where the incident involving then-17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse occurred, Facebook decided to implement a new policy on their community guidelines that barred people from signaling support for Rittenhouse.
The reason being was because Facebook at the time declared Rittenhouse to have perpetrated a “mass murder.”
However, as the trial of Rittenhouse progresses, more and more evidence and testimony are poking holes in Facebook’s decision to assign guilt to Rittenhouse prematurely.
The statement shared by a Facebook spokesperson back in September of 2020 was fairly egregious regarding their labeling of a then-17-year-old who hadn’t been convicted of any crimes.
“We’ve designated the shooting in Kenosha a mass murder and are removing posts in support of the shooter.”
Even news outlet the Wall Street Journal was shocked at the time, calling it a “mistake” in a September 2020 report regarding Facebook’s decision to classify Rittenhouse as a mass murderer.
“The fact that the platform may only be used to declare Mr. Rittenhouse’s guilt, but not his innocence—though lawyers say the self-defense argument is plausible—could prejudice a jury pool in the high-profile case. One of America’s most powerful companies is effectively giving its official imprimatur to Wisconsin prosecutors’ case against a specific defendant.”
But as we previously reported here at Red Voice Media, the prosecution’s own witness admitted on the stand on November 8th that he – Gaige Grosskreutz – had his gun pointed at Rittenhouse prior to him being shot by the defendant.
Furthermore, it has already been established during the trial that Joseph Rosenbaum, the first person fatally shot by Rittenhouse, was chasing the defendant seemingly unprovoked prior to the shooting.
But the problem here is that the largest social media platform assigned guilt to someone before any sort of trial was conducted – Facebook simply labeled Rittenhouse a mass murderer which then gave way to discourse generally in favor of his actions during the August 2020 riot being removed.
While the jurors in the Rittenhouse trial are finally getting a front-row seat to the facts involved in the case, they – like many others curious about the case prior to trial – were likely subjected to only negative portrayals of the defendant if they ever decided to cruise Facebook over the past year.
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