Large technology and finance corporations are persecuting Kyle Rittenhouse and his supporters by censoring information and banning donations.
GiveSendGo, a Christian crowdfunding site, has allowed Rittenhouse’s fundraising campaign to remain up.
Donations will go toward the #Fightback Foundation, which was started by Rittenhouse’s defense attorney, Lin Wood.
The campaign has reached nearly 95 percent of its $500,000 goal.
A pop-up stating “You can’t share this link” confronts Facebook users when they try to post or share a link to the GiveSendGo campaign.
Facebook claims the campaign “goes against our Community Standards.”
Facebook has also blocked direct links to the #Fightback Foundation, deleted Rittenhouse’s personal Facebook profile, prevented users from searching for Rittenhouse-related content, and removed posts supporting him.
Mark Dice, a conservative media personality, posted a video of Rittenhouse helping hurt protesters, Reclaim the Net reported.
Facebook removed the post, declaring, “We don’t allow symbols, praise or support of dangerous individuals or organizations.”
Facebook just removed a video I posted showing Kyle Rittenhouse offering help to a wounded protester in Kenosha and are threatening to delete my entire account. This was the video: PIC.TWITTER.COM/KXOUVQDTDS
— Mark Dice (@MarkDice) September 2, 2020
Dice said that his post did not praise Rittenhouse but instead was meant to provide further information about what happened that night in Kenosha.
He posted a video on YouTube explaining the intent of his Facebook post and expressing his outrage with big technology corporations’ censorship.
Facebook’s suppression of the fundraiser comes a few days after the internet’s largest crowdsourcing website, GoFundMe, pulled a campaign for Rittenhouse.
Twitter has also censored Lin Wood and another of Rittenhouse’s attorneys, John Pierce, Recalim the Net reported.
Pierce praised his client, comparing him to “that brave unknown patriot at Lexington Green who fired ‘The Shot Heard Round The World’ on April 19, 1775. A Second American Revolution against Tyranny has begun.”
Twitter removed Piece’s tweet and also locked him out of his account.
They justified their actions by saying that they “prohibit content that condones or celebrates acts of violence that could promote imitation of the act. We also prohibit the glorification of mass murders or genocides when protected categories have been the primary target or victims.”
Wood also advocated for Rittenhouse on Twitter, only to be met with a locked account on Sept. 1.
Twitter has since conceded it made a mistake.
“This account was incorrectly actioned. This has been reversed and the account reinstated,” Twitter told Reclaim the Net.
After the restoration of his account, Wood threatened to sue Twitter, claiming that Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey violated his First Amendment rights and “intentionally interfer[ed] with our efforts to raise money for Kyle Rittenhouse’s legal defense by censoring Lin Wood.”
“I’m going to take Jack Dorsey’s ass down,” Wood said on Fox News.
Rob, an organizer of Rittenhouse’s GiveSendGo campaign, updated donors about censorship from big corporations.
“We just learned that Discover is planning to cut off the ability of its cardholders to make payments to this fundraiser; this development unfortunately follows days of relentless targeting by big tech on the order of Facebook, Twitter, Stripe and Instagram,” Rob wrote.
“Other credit card companies are likekly [sic] to follow, unless a strong message is sent to all of these globalist-controlled corporations that we are not willing to sit by while they erase our Freedom of Speech through their un-American accounting practices.”
Discover has stopped its cardholders from sending donations through GiveSendGo to Rittenhouse’s legal defense fund, Reclaim the Net reported.
Rob said he “will likely be figuring out alternative ways to donate soon.”
Discover officials said they are prepared for “pushback from external sources,” but that they “are choosing not to reply on Social Media.”
If someone sends Discover a direct message on social media about the decision, then the company will respond with an automated message.
“The decision was based on the websites violations of our terms,” the message reads. “We reserve the right to deny business with any merchant.”
Pierce responded to Discovery’s censorship on Twitter.
“This is not going to end well for Discover, I can promise you that. We’re gonna need more lawyers,” he wrote.
— John Pierce (@CaliKidJMP) September 3, 2020