While most of the Capitol rioters were allowed to leave the building without facing arrest, the days following the attempted coup have painted a very different picture.
Since January 6, when the insurrection occurred, the FBI has delved into Twitter, Facebook, Youtube, Parler and Reddit to find troves of evidence that incriminated many of the rioters.
Most of it was posted by the rioters themselves.
And according to Daily Dot, another unlikely source of evidence has recently cropped up: the dating app Bumble.
It began when some women Bumble users in the Washington, DC area began to notice several profiles that appeared to belong to Trump supporters in town for the the insurrection.
This is funny but actually serious. There are DOZENS of men on DC dating apps right now who were clearly here for t… https://t.co/Rq8BBKM29t— Alia Awadallah (@Alia Awadallah)1610038737.0
It didn't take long for some women to begin exploiting the boastful members of the mob and passing the evidence along.
@aawadall I know a friend of a friend who changed her preference on Bumble to Conservative. She’s matching with MAG… https://t.co/rAP49VVnn1— Allison #FreeThemALL Norris (@Allison #FreeThemALL Norris)1610084013.0
@DrLisaCorrigan My husband was like, “well, get on there and get some!” I assume he meant evidence and not hillbilly love.— Liz Zimmermann (@Liz Zimmermann)1610591695.0
@DrLisaCorrigan @Iron_Spike This is unbelievably awesome. I don't see why it wouldn't work the other way around. Lo… https://t.co/Ekh1jzCITz— "Mikal, are sure that's a good idea?" (@"Mikal, are sure that's a good idea?")1610593223.0
@DrLisaCorrigan the one time when snitching to the FBI is a good idea and you've successfully made it extremely funny. thanks for this 💕— odds (@odds)1610596193.0
The use of the political preference setting to sniff out insurrectionists was only a viable strategy for so long, however. Bumble eventually removed the setting from the app.
@ohhhreallyyeah We have temporarily removed our politics filter in the U.S. to prevent misuse. Don't worry; it will… https://t.co/ygW9GVEK4M— Bumble (@Bumble)1610638004.0
This created a pretty sizable backlash from many Bumble users
@bumble @ohhhreallyyeah Protecting domestic terrorists at the expense of women’s safety? Nice, @bumble.— Jessica Anderson (@Jessica Anderson)1610653816.0
@bumble @ohhhreallyyeah They want to brag about their maga bs, they get themselves in trouble that's on them. Stop protecting criminals.— Joel (Rocket) 🌈🚀🎄 (@Joel (Rocket) 🌈🚀🎄)1610728589.0
@bumble @ohhhreallyyeah This is a bad decision. Put it back up ASAP, even though I won’t be back to see it. Bye! https://t.co/HwQZoXclfs— Derric Podschun (@Derric Podschun)1610666510.0
@bumble @ohhhreallyyeah so now I just have to GUESS whether someone thinks I'm undeserving of human rights before p… https://t.co/kdBip4zxmF— liv (@liv)1610642827.0
Bumble, on its heels, fired off another Tweet to expand on the policy decision and try to save face.
@lovefrmlowcntry We've temporarily removed our politics filter to prevent misuse. However, please rest assured that… https://t.co/U5UbDR9zH4— bumble (@bumble)1610638126.0
That statement didn't manage to calm the critics at all.
@BumbleSupport @lovefrmlowcntry Setting honey traps to bring traitors to our country to justice is the most noble u… https://t.co/jz6aWCIZ26— Greg Packnett (@Greg Packnett)1610729951.0
@BumbleSupport @lovefrmlowcntry Well I'm definitely never using Bumble if it considers antifascism & people trying… https://t.co/eczeeFTpXX— shauna (@shauna)1610721916.0
@BumbleSupport @lovefrmlowcntry Congrats on making your app totally useless and dangerous to women!— C-Liv in Seattle (@C-Liv in Seattle)1610733024.0
@BumbleSupport @lovefrmlowcntry https://t.co/Q1ex7Z5405— Sean Broom (@Sean Broom)1610729314.0
As the FBI continues to investigate, and require as much information as possible to do so successfully, we'll see what other ideas internet users come up with to gather incriminating evidence.
When a whole Twitter universe of people put their heads together, it's hard to even imagine the ingenuity that might come out.