Facebook declared Rittenhouse guilty, silencing his defense in the court of public opinion

More broadly, the company explained its blackout thusly: “We don’t allow symbols, praise or support of dangerous individuals or organizations on Facebook. We define dangerous as things like: terrorist activity, organized hate or violence, mass or serial murder, human trafficking, criminal or harmful activity.”

In other words, it found Rittenhouse guilty of crossing some of those lines months before he got his day in court (where he won vindication) — and did its best to ensure he’d be found guilty in the court of public opinion by throwing out nearly all defense arguments and evidence.

We also strongly doubt Facebook applies its supposed ban on support for “dangerous individuals or organizations,” “organized hate” or “criminal or harmful activity” with any consistency. Too many of those terms are far too fuzzy: Legitimate protest, for example, can be technically criminal, and accusations of “organized hate” are all too common.