Here’s Why You Can’t Filter by Political Affiliation on Bumble Right Now
15th January 2021

Sorry, Bumble users — you won't be able to filter your dates by political affiliation, at least not for the time being.

The app has temporarily disabled the feature after the riots on Capitol Hill, citing "misuse." The filter allowed for users to filter potential matches based on their political leanings, letting people identify as "Apolitical," "Moderate," "Liberal," and "Conservative."

Last week, users began noting on Twitter that they'd seen on the app who appeared to have participated in the violent attack on Capitol Hill and suggested taking screenshots of the profiles and allegedly submitting them as evidence to the FBI after its call for information.

In a tweet that went viral, Allison Norris said a "friend of a friend" used Bumble to intentionally match with conservatives who bragged about being at the Capitol for the attack and sent their information to the FBI.

After people noticed this week that the political filter had been disabled, Bumble responded, writing to one user, "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."

Bumble has also assured users the change is only temporary, but hasn't said when the feature will be reinstated. InStyle has reached out to Bumble for comment and will update this story when we get a response.

In a statement to Mashable, Bumble said the app prohibits "content that encourages any illegal activity including terrorism and the incitement of violence."

"On January 6, we immediately ensured that our hate speech scanning and protocols addressed the attack on the U.S. Capitol and began removing any insurrection-related content from our platform. If we see anything that would suggest someone has or is in the process of committing a potentially criminal act we will take appropriate steps with law enforcement."

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