#parent | #kids | Bumble reinstates political views filter after women reported Capitol rioters on the app to FBI

LATEST Jan. 15, 11:45 a.m. A Bumble representative told SFGATE that they have turned the political views filter back on in the United States.

“Where our AI technology flags photos, hate symbols or text content that promotes the insurrection or related activities, those are removed, with repeated offenses or more extreme content resulting in a user being banned,” a Bumble spokesperson told SFGATE.

Jan. 15, 7:44 a.m. The quest to find a potential date never stops, even if, say, you’re a rioter who broke federal law by invading the Capitol.

A tweet by attorney Allison Norris where she told the tale of an acquaintance who matched with “MAGA bros” who were at the Jan. 6 riots — and proceeded to send their information to the FBI — caught traction online.

And, now, Bumble has removed a filter allowing users to select prospective matches based on their political affiliation in order to “prevent misuse,” presumably by the likes of other people on dating apps who heeded Norris’ call to action.

(The filter will eventually return, but it is unclear when. The company did not immediately respond to a request for comment from SFGATE.)

Bumble assured Mashable, which first broke the news, that it would remove “any insurrection-related content” from its platform, and will “monitor activity” in the D.C. area in the days leading up to President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration.

Social media platforms have been instrumental in helping the FBI and other authorities identify the participants of the Jan. 6 siege. Parler, reported Business Insider, gave agents a lead to a Proud Boy who used the platform to make threats against Georgia Sen.-elect Raphael Warnock.

Other internet investigators, such as an Instagram account named @homegrownterrorists and countless Twitter posters, have also been key to finding the mob’s participants.

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