Bumble and Tinder, which are rated as two of the best dating apps on the market, have removed Capitol rioters from their dating platform.
According to The Washington Post, Bumble and Match Group - the large dating app company that owns Tinder, Hinge, Plenty of Fish, OkCupid, and Match - are blocking the accounts of anyone who participated in the rioting that took place on January 6 in the Capitol.
A statement from Bumble read: "We always encourage our community to block and report anyone who is acting against our guidelines, and we have already banned users who have used our platform to spread insurrectionist content or who have attempted to organize and incite terrorism."
This statement comes after capitol rioter Brandon Fellows bragged that his Bumble account was ‘blowing up’ after he posted photos of himself inside the Capitol on the dating app.
Bumble went on to reveal that some users had also used the political feature to lure unsuspecting matches into admitting if they were involved in the rioting.
Bumble revealed that they took down the political affiliation filter on January 13, and have only just relaunched it due to ‘misuse’.
Bumble stated: "In the days following the attack on our nation's Capitol, we saw a noticeable uptick in people using the politics filter in a manner contrary to our terms and conditions, including people who have used our platform to spread insurrectionist content or who have attempted to organize and incite terrorism."
Many people on Twitter found this humourous, with political contributor Lindy Lu stating on Twitter: "Huge shout-out to all my ladies on the Bumble dating app who lured men to send them self-incriminating insurrection pics and then reported them to the FBI. We see you and thank you!"
Huge shout-out to all my ladies on the Bumble dating app who lured men to send them self-incriminating insurrection pics and then reported them to the FBIWe see you and thank you! 💃🏻January 16, 2021
TV news reporter Miya Shay agreed and stated: "Women on Bumble luring men to send them riot pics then sending those to FBI is the best pandemic dating story yet."
Responding to Bumble's statement, actress Yvette Nicole Brown, from Community and Drake & Josh fame, criticized the app, stating: "Why is it wrong to report white supremacist seditious terrorists, Bumble? I’m confused by this move. Very confused."
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Laura Harman is a journalist who has written for Woman & Home, Grazia and Good to Know and regularly contributes to My Imperfect Life.
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