To be fair, many of these app store reviews are obvious trolls, and there is no evidence that the FBI or any police force has actually contacted Right Stuff users. Also, lots of the knocks about the alleged lack of women are cloaked in some thick homophobia.

But what is true is that the app does actually ask users to respond to an open-ended prompt about January 6—you know, to add a little spice to the profile. Gizmodo verified that the question appears in the profile creation phase of setting up an account. And it’s very easy to imagine people present the day of the Capitol riot entering self-indicting information into that blank white box.

Screenshot of Right Stuff interface
The Right Stuff prompts users to answer this question while making an account. Seems legit. What could go wrong?
Screenshot: Gizmodo/The Right Stuff

Parler, a more prominent right-wing social media platform, did in fact send evidence and user information to the FBI in the lead-up to the Jan. 6 Capitol attack (though the FBI apparently didn’t heed those warnings). So there is a precedent for this type of thing.


But in response to Gizmodo’s questions about the app and the posted reviews, the FBI’s National Press Office simply emailed that, “We have no comment to provide in response to your inquiry.” The agency also directed Gizmodo to the D.C. District Attorney’s office site, where there is a webpage documenting the ongoing investigation and arrests made related to the Jan. 6, 2021 insurrection.

A Right Stuff spokesperson said, “The claims that users were contacted by the FBI or that we forwarded information to law enforcement are completely false,” in an email to Gizmodo.

When asked why the app specifically prompts users to talk about Jan. 6, the company wrote, “Our prompts are used as fun conversation starters where users can share their personality through their opinions.”

Finally, addressing some of the more earnest-seeming, common complaints, Right Stuff’s spokesperson told Gizmodo: “The app is invite only to ensure a high quality community of conservative users.”