MRC's Nick Kangadis


Facebook fact-checked post a post contrasting Kyle Rittenhouse and Timothy Simpkins: MRC's Nick Kangadis posted a graphic contrasting teen shooters Kyle Rittenhouse and Timothy Simpkins. The graphic read "Kyle Rittenhouse: Shoots three criminals in self defense[.] Bail set at $2 million[.] Harassed by state prosecutors and news media to this day[.] Timothy Simpkins: Brings a gun to school, shoots four people including a teacher[.] Bail set at $25k[.] Released the next day." Facebook fact-checker PolitiFact flagged the post as half-true, claiming that the graphic gave a false comparison because Rittenhouse killed two people in self-defense and faced homicide charges whereas Simpkins merely faced aggravated assault charges. The fact-check also noted that Simpkins' bail was set at $75k not $25k and that although Simpkins was released from jail, he is awaiting his court date set for Dec.10, 20201. After two months of jail time, Rittenhouse was similarly released nearly a year before his court date. According to Facebook, users fail to click through a fact-check interstitial to see the post 95% of the time. Instagram, owned by Facebook, likely sees a similar effect.