Since Kyle Rittenhouse was acquitted last month of all charges in the Kenosha shootings, misinformation about Rittenhouse and the case has spread online.
A viral Facebook post claims that “Kyle Rittenhouse has filed a $60 million defamation lawsuit against the View’s Joy Behar and Whoopi Goldberg.” The post features a screenshot of a tweet that has been shared more than 5,000 times and liked more than 20,000 times.
The claim is false. Rittenhouse has not filed a defamation lawsuit against The View hosts Joy Behar and Whoopi Goldberg.
The origins of the false claim come from PotatriotsUnite.com, a satirical website, self-described as “a subsidiary of the ‘America’s Last Line of Defense’ network of parody, satire, and tomfoolery.” Another widely shared Facebook post is accompanied by a screenshot of the article from PotatriotsUnite.com.