Social media platforms restore Rittenhouse’s accounts following acquittal

A jury recently acquitted Kyle Rittenhouse of charges related to a shooting that left two dead during a riot in Kenosha, Wisconsin, last summer.

After he was initially kicked off multiple social media platforms amid the scandal surrounding his case, it appears his profiles have been reinstated now that he has been cleared, Breitbart reports. 

Jury votes to acquit

According to Breitbart, Rittenhouse has been permitted to return to Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. He has already started posting to his multiple social media accounts.

Instagram appeared to briefly reverse its decision to reinstate his account, but as of this writing, he has regained access to that profile.

Rittenhouse faced two counts of homicide and one count of homicide, among other charges, stemming from the incident in Wisconsin.

He stated that his intention in the community was to help the local community amid widespread protests and rioting. During a confrontation with three such rioters, he opened fire, killing two and injuring the third.

The defense team argued that he had acted in self-defense, pointing to several pieces of evidence including video footage and images. Rittenhouse further benefitted from the testimony of the man injured in the shooting, who acknowledged that he pointed his gun at the defendant before he was shot.

Rittenhouse backlash continues

In the end, jurors voted to find him not guilty on all counts. Of course, that has done little to alter the perception among many progressive pundits and much of the mainstream media that Rittenhouse was acting as a vigilante for a white supremacist cause.

His acquittal, some critics argue, is merely further evidence that the nation’s justice system is racist.

A short time after the shootings in August 2020, Rittenhouse was roundly kicked off of major social media platforms.

While the recent reversal of those suspensions is good news for Rittenhouse and suggests that he might be able to return to a somewhat normal life, it could open him up to direct attacks and threats.

In the aftermath of the shootings, on the other hand, reports indicated that Facebook and Twitter implemented policies designed to limit or remove expressions of support or statements defending Rittenhouse.

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