The dating app has Bumble temporarily suspended its political filter amid accusations that the users on the app tried to get a hold of conservatives who took part in last week’s Capitol insurrection and turn them to law enforcement agencies.
“We’ve temporarily removed our politics filter to prevent misuse. However, please rest assured that we prohibit any content that promotes terrorism or racial hatred, and we’ve already removed any users that have been confirmed as participants in the attack of the US Capitol,” said the widely-used dating app on Twitter.
Since the attack on the Capitol, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has been asking the public for “tips and digital media depicting rioting and violence” in and around the complex on January 6. As of Wednesday, over 100 people had been arrested, read a news report published in Business Insider.
The development comes a day after the pro-Trump riot, Alia Awadallah, a woman in Washington, DC, tweeted: “There are DOZENS of men on DC dating apps right now who were clearly here for the insurrection attempt.”
In response to Awadallah, another Twitterati Allison Norris said that she knew someone had changed Bumble’s profile to conservative in order to find Republicans who participated in the rush to the Capitol.
“She’s matching with the MAGA bros and they’re bragging and sending her pics and videos of them in the Capitol. She’s sending them to the FBI,” Norris said.
Norris’s tweet was liked more than 27,000 times as of Friday morning, with John Sipher, a former CIA spy, commenting: “Well played.”
Another person responded: “Get in girls. We’re going hunting,” the publication highlighted.
In comments on Friday, Bumble issued a statement to Insider explaining that in the days after the Capitol building was attacked, they noticed that “the number of users using political filters has increased dramatically, violating our terms and conditions.