As well all know, the FBI is currently seeking information on those thought to be involved in last week's Capitol Hill riots - though it seems some has come from an unlikely source: dating apps.
Here's the full story...
In the aftermath of last week's Capitol riot, several people are now being pursued - and even arrested - by police.
Though sometimes, this is by their own hand. For instance, one man who did a TV interview on Jan 6 recounting his experience ended up subsequently outing himself as one of the rioters. He was charged this week.
Others took selfies and photographs during the storming...
Whether that be posing with government property or causing damage to the building itself.
If the recent arrests are anything to go by, the FBI is pursuing punishment against everyone involved in the riots.
While the Bureau taking in any and all information that they can surrounding the riots.
Including, it seems, dating apps.
Yep, apparently, dating apps are full of information about the rioters and it looks like some women have been having fun with this - by. trolling those they match with.
Scroll on to see some of the reactions...
Now, where do we even start when it comes to the Capitol Hill riots?
It all started on January 6th when President Donald Trump held a "Save America" rally in Washington D.C, just a few miles away from the White House.
Thousands of his eager supporters were there listening to and latching on to every word that came out of Trump's mouth.
Trump's refusal to concede to the winner of the 2020 election, Joe Biden, seems to have fuelled the anger amongst his supporters...
I interviewed a Trump supporter at a 'Stop the Steal' protest LIVE on the BBC after Joe Biden won. It was...hectic pic.twitter.com/dOmQKlOQJJ— Larry Madowo (@LarryMadowo) November 8, 2020
And right now, the overwhelming presence of far-right extremists is more apparent than ever.
The president repeatedly told his crowd that he was "the real winner" and how they need to "take the election back"...
Before finally telling them to "go down to the Capitol building" and "fight like hell for our country."
He even said he'd be there alongside them which, of course, he didn't mean literally.
This resulted in thousands of his supporters, all armed with MAGA merchandise and Trump flags, storming down to the U.S Capitol building and breaking in...
Were hell was well and truly unleashed.
A joint session of Congress was underway to certify Joe Biden's election win when the rioters made their way into the building.
“Glass is all over the place.” Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi shows Lesley Stahl the destruction in her office after a mob of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol, some of them in search of Speaker Pelosi. https://t.co/lZbCRGlV5P pic.twitter.com/GbDo2pEEQI— 60 Minutes (@60Minutes) January 11, 2021
Thankfully, all members of the House and staff were safely evacuated but this didn't mean things were over.
People began smashing down windows and doors, looting valuable items, and even breaking into Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi's office and taking some of her personal posessions.
And to make things even more terrifying...
Text messages were later discovered from one of the rioters describing his plans to "shoot and run over" Nancy Pelosi.
Thankfully, these terrible plans didn't go ahead - but it just goes to show the alarming ideologies and ambitions held by many of the people present on that day.
5 people tragically died as a result of the riots...
And more than sixty police officers and security guards were greatly injured from trying to stop the violent rioters and get them out of the building.
The scenes were truly apocalyptic...
And President Trump was called on again and again to issue a televised statement telling his supporters to put an end to the violence.
In the end, he issued a series of small tweets where he reminded the rioters that the police and law enforcement was "on our side," and to "remain peaceful."
He eventually tweeted a video telling his supporters to "go home"...
🇺🇸 Donald #Trump eventually gave a statement via a recorded video, repeating his false claim that the election was stolen but asking supporters to "stay peaceful".— FRANCE 24 English (@France24_en) January 7, 2021
Several hours later he called for the crowd to "go home" before adding: "We love you. You’re very special," ⤵️ pic.twitter.com/u7qgrnJYKh
All while reminding them that they're "very special" and that he "loves them."
Of course, this wasn't taken well by the very shaken-up members of Congress and it really didn't help that Trump was refusing to take responsibility for the riots.
The president's reluctance to take responsibility then lead to him being suspended indefinitely from all major social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram...
After close review of recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context around them we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement of violence.https://t.co/CBpE1I6j8Y— Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) January 8, 2021
Of course, we all know how much Trump loved to run his mouth on Twitter, so this was a huge deal.
Things just seemed to be getting worse and worse for Trump...
And alongside hundreds of his supporters being arrested and charged for their involvement in the riots, Congress were having some serious talks about what to do about his lack of concern over the violence caused by his army of followers.
And, on the afternoon of January 13th, President Trump was officially impeached, making him the only president in U.S history to be impeached more than once.
The final vote was 232-197, as per The Guardian, though the matter is yet to go before the Senate which will decide whether he should be convicted and removed from office.
Trump broke his silence just hours after the House of Representatives charged him with inciting an insurrection against the government by releasing a speech - all while reversing his tone about the crisis.
In the prerecorded remarks, posted late on Wednesday afternoon, he "unequivocally condemn[ed]" last week's deadly riot at the Capitol and went on to call for cooler heads and cooler words and a sense of national unity to prevail.
"Violence and vandalism have absolutely no place in our country and no place in our movement. 'Making America great again' has always been about defending the rule of law, supporting the men and women of law enforcement, and upholding our nation's most sacred traditions and values. Mob violence goes against everything I believe in and everything our movement stands for."
In the meantime, law enforcement are continuing to seek information on those involved in last week's riots.
And it looks like some has come from an unlikely source... Dating apps.
Several women are matching with the rioters online just to get them to confess.
And then turning them in.
There's been some pretty hilarious trolling online.
It's safe to say, people haven't held back.
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.— Allison #FreeThemALL Norris (@allisonnorris) January 8, 2021
Swiping through dating apps to see if any guys have pictures of them at the capitol so I can send it to the FBI. It's my civic duty.— Not Ramona Flowers (@ughmandaaa) January 13, 2021
I'm changing my preferences from "liberal" to "conservative" on my dating apps and reporting anyone who brags about storming to capitol to the FBI. pic.twitter.com/5vwIC8Q4b2— Kat 🖤 (@KatMeanJean) January 14, 2021
One of my female DC friends scrolling Bumble tonight pic.twitter.com/GdYIXlFZp2— John Hudson (@John_Hudson) January 7, 2021
I'm on hold with FBI and police. No idea if this will end up being useful but I feel like there's a good story there anyway, so everyone get on the apps and start screenshotting.— Alia Awadallah (@aawadall) January 7, 2021
oh my god this is the best idea ever— 🔬godhatesyeast🔬 (@godhatesyeast) January 14, 2021
this is what the fbi did in the sixties to destroy many anti-government movements including the klan
wish they’d do that to the klan again
She doing the Lord’s work— Toshia Shaw (@Toshia_Shaw) January 13, 2021
This comes after popular dating app, Bumble said that it had begun taking action against profiles promoting involvement in the riots.
"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 US Capitol," the dating app said in response to a tweet about a rioter bragging about the riots on his Bumble profile.
The statement continued.
We have temporarily removed our politics filter in the U.S. to prevent misuse. Don't worry; it will be reinstated in the future. 💛— Bumble (@bumble) January 14, 2021
"We've always prohibited content that encourages any illegal activity including terrorism. We've taken action on any profiles that violate this policy and will continue to remove anyone who's been confirmed as a participant in the attack of the US Capitol."
Bumble has since removed its politics filter - a move met with a lot of backlash: "We've temporarily removed our politics filter to prevent misuse," the company said.
"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."
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