Facebook is sued for deleting "call to arms" posts by racist militias before Kenosha shooting
The federal lawsuit was filed against Facebook for allegedly enabling and not removing the posts by racist militia members calling “to arms” during the unrests in Kenosha that left two people dead.
The lawsuit was filed on Tuesday in Wisconsin claims that the alleged leader of the Kenosha Guard militia group, Kyle Rittenhouse, threatened and terrorized the protestors during the night of August 25.
According to the lawsuit, Facebook failed to take down the posts made the KG militia group and an extremist group the Boogaloo Bois in which the “white racists” “called to arms” against the protestors.
“These calls to arms, as one might infer, are not met with the responsible consideration by concerned citizens, but by violent, racist rhetoric in which militia members promise to shoot protesters, their desire to literally kill people displayed publicly for all to see,” attorneys for the plaintiffs wrote in the suit.
“Facebook, where most of the conspiring took place, failed to act to prevent this harm,” they said. “Despite over 400 reports of the Kenosha Guard’s event page and its call to arms, as well as the violent rhetoric throughout, Facebook failed to remove the page from its site until after several deaths, injuries, and extensive harassment occurred.”
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg later admitted to failing to deleted the hate and aggressive posts and called it “an operational mistake.”