By Andrew Blake | 28 August 2020
THE WASHINGTON TIMES — Facebook has started blocking users from searching its social network for mentions of Kyle Rittenhouse, a teen facing homicide charges over a deadly shooting in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
Searches done on Facebook for mentions of Mr. Rittenhouse’s name yielded zero results despite being plentiful on the platform, Rolling Stone first reported Thursday.
Content referring to Mr. Rittenhouse could still easily be found, however, such as by searching for other terms relevant to Tuesday night’s shooting that left two people dead.
Facebook said in a statement Wednesday that it was designating the shooting as a mass murder and was taking steps to prevent users from praising its perpetrator on its platforms.
The company did not immediately return a message inquiring specifically about limiting searches involving Mr. Rittenhouse. […]