Table of contents:
- Dating app users help determine
- How did they do it?
- Bumble bans Capitol Strikers
- … and the internet was anything but enthusiastic
Better than the FBI? Women pretend to be Trump sympathizers and specifically match Capitol strikers on the dating app "Bumble" in order to convict them. Brilliant.
On January 6, the Capitol in Washington D. C. stormed. The right-wing mob moved to the US parliament building at Trump's request. Five people died in the riot. Pipe bombs were also later seized.
Many attackers (like the weird-looking, horned guy in the picture above) are still not aware of any guilt and brag about their deeds on social media. In the meantime, US law enforcement officers are investigating, there have been arrests across the country …
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Dating app users help determine
Several women now even used the dating app Bumble for a very special seduction maneuver: They lured unsuspecting Capitol rioters into the trap by posing as Trump sympathizers. Subsequently, they passed important information to the FBI.
The opposition to democracy actually believed that they could make an impression on the women’s world with their photos of the protests - and shared the photos (or in other words: the evidence) en masse in their dating profiles. Bumble's slogan "Where women take the first step" fits perfectly in this case.
How did they do it?
The women changed their political preferences to "conservative" in the settings at Bumble in order to get targeted pictures and videos of rioters of the Capitol mob. In contrast to other apps, users on Bumble can filter out potential dates that did not indicate the desired political affiliation. This (admittedly somewhat insidious) search method earned itself applause from John Sipher, a veteran of the CIA's National Clandestine Service. And after all, he * really * has to know.
I know a friend of a friend who changed her preference on Bumble to Conservative. She’s matching with MAGA bros and they’re bragging and sending her pics and videos of them in the Capitol. She’s sending them to the FBI.
Bumble bans Capitol Strikers
Tweets about the Bumble detectives' cyber investigations quickly went viral. The dating app issued a statement on January 12th, stating that "action has been taken on accounts that violate its rules" It also said that it was "banning users who participated in the attack." of the US Capitol were identified ".
Bumble prohibits content that encourages any illegal activity. We have taken action on accounts that have violated this policy and we are monitoring activity and will remove any users that have been confirmed as participants in the attack of the U. S. Capitol.
While Bumble was so clearly distancing itself from the riots, the app didn't seem to really tolerate those women's efforts to aid law enforcement either. On January 14th, Bumble issued a further statement in which it said that the "policy filter was temporarily deactivated" to prevent abuse.
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.
… and the internet was anything but enthusiastic
When asked about the motivation to remove the policy filter, Bumble reportedly told the press: "If our AI technology detects photos, hate symbols, or text that glorifies the Capitol Storming or related activity, it will be removed. Repeated violations or Even more extreme content leads to the user being blocked."
Bumble's decision to remove the filter was still publicly condemned.
Wait what ?! …. People who rioted in the Capitol should be reported. So, it's its most useful filter. Suspending it is a huge mistake.
A few hours later the filter went back online …
As the FBI continues to investigate the January 6th uprising, the Bumble investigators are still on duty.