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Facebook drops restrictions on searches, praise for Kyle Rittenhouse

Facebook will no longer limit users from searching for or praising Kyle Rittenhouse, following a court’s acquittal of all charges facing the teenager at the center of a deadly shooting in Kenosha, Wisconsin last August.

Though Facebook will continue to remove posts that glorify the deaths involved in the Kenosha shooting, users will again be able to express support for Rittenhouse, said Andy Stone, a Facebook spokesman.

“After the verdict in Kenosha we rolled back the restrictions we had in place that limited search results from returning content related to key terms including Kyle Rittenhouse,” a spokesperson for Facebook owner Meta Platforms Inc said in an emailed statement on Wednesday.

“While we will still remove content that celebrates the death of the individuals killed in Kenosha, we will no longer remove content containing praise or support of Rittenhouse,” the spokesperson said. 

Rittenhouse will also be allowed to rejoin Facebook, either by creating a new account or asking the social network to restore his removed account, Stone told the Post. Facebook didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. 

ARTICLE: PAUL MURDOCH

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

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