Jan 16, 2021

Ashkan Soltani on Dating Apps Using Images From the Capitol to Ban Rioters’ Accounts

From The Washington Post

Dating apps are using images from the siege to ban rioters’ accounts

By Drew Harwell, Lisa Bonos and Craig Timberg

Tinder, Bumble and other dating apps are using images captured from inside the Capitol siege and other evidence to identify and ban rioters’ accounts, causing immediate consequences for those who participated as police move toward making hundreds of arrests...

At the same time, the available identification technologies are imperfect. Privacy experts question whether any company should be taking action against users merely because they are believed to have been at the Capitol on Jan. 6 — before formal adjudication or even arrests by authorities.

“There’s a likely challenge of both false positives and false negatives,” said Ashkan Soltani, distinguished fellow at Georgetown Law Center’s Institute for Technology Law & Policy. “I’m not sure a dating app should be in the business of trying to make these determinations.”

Soltani said that the issues facing the dating apps are difficult ones, with a range of possible solutions...


Ashkan Soltani is a MIMS alumnus (2009), and a distinguished fellow at Georgetown Law Center’s Institute for Technology Law & Policy. 

Last updated:

January 20, 2021