In a strange turn of events, online dating apps are helping police catch suspects. A Bumble match found one of the people responsible for attacking police and breaking into the Capitol. Though dating apps aren’t commonly used for catching suspects, Andrew Taake’s bragging led to his Bumble match turning him into the FBI.
The confession that he had spent at least 30 minutes in the building and “was there from the very beginning” was enough to connect him to the images and videos from that day. Prosecutors told the court they had evidence he attacked police who were defending the building on January 6, including using pepper spray and a metal whip.The very first dating app was Match.com, launched in 1995. While some found this extremely convenient, most were hesitant at first to accept online dating. Slowly, the popularity has increased and online dating has become a mainstream option for meeting a potential match.
Because of the Bumble match and messages, Taake has now been charged with several federal felony crimes, including felony assault of a police officer, obstruction of congressional proceedings, and civil disorder. This is actually the second Bumble match that was turned in because of online dating conversations. Robert Chapman from New York was charged in April after he told a Bumble match that he “made it all the way into Statuary Hall.”
Online dating apps have become more popular, but not without their share of controversy. Tinder might have undergone the most internal battling of any dating app prior to 2019. Tinder Co-Founder and CEO Sean Rad was ousted by Match Group in 2017 for illegally recording employees without their consent. This was just a short time after Tinder Co-Founder and VP of Marketing Whitney Wolfe Herd sued over sexual harassment and discrimination claims against Justin Mateen and former CEO Sean Rad. In her suit, she said they were belittling, abusive, and ultimately fired her after she tried to hand in her resignation.During a time where people are encouraged to practice social distancing, most dating apps are discouraging hookups and encouraging more online communication before meetups. While online dating was once considered a strange connection story, more and more individuals have found their partners on apps like Match.com and Tinder.
Match Group is working to clean up the leadership to keep the apps out of the limelight for the wrong reasons. Subscribers catching and turning suspects into the FBI is a pretty good reason to land in the headlines.This has been a practical solution for many people who are short on time. People can meet others based on similar profiles and preferences with online dating apps—saving them hundreds of hours at bars, clubs, or other places where they might meet a potential match. Busy Americans can go through matches throughout their workday or on their time off without ever leaving the house.