Legal Issues

by Mike Masnick


Filed Under:
dating, fakes, profiles

Companies:
match.com



Match.com Sued Over Dead/Fake Profiles

from the you-only-need-to-find-one dept

Last year, dating site Match.com threatened some rivals, saying that the numbers they put out concerning marketing probably couldn't be supported, and ordering them to cease and desist with misleading claims. Of course, all that really did was make a lot of people turn around and look more closely at Match.com's own claims, which seemed only fair. I have no idea if this latest story is a result of some of that scrutiny, but a class action lawsuit has been filed against Match.com by users of the service who claimed that the company was quite misleading with its own stats. Of specific concern is the actual number of users touted by Match, who (the plaintiffs claim) leaves "dead" accounts on the system just so it can boost its numbers. Also, there are claims that many of the profiles are fakes, using images of porn actresses, models, or people from other dating sites (though, if accurate, this could just be the work of spammers, rather than Match itself). Separately, there are claims that just as accounts are about to expire, members get a notice that someone wants to contact them -- but they have to renew their subscription to respond. Except, when they do renew, it turns out that the person who wanted to contact them has disappeared. All that does seem a bit sneaky, if true.

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    harbingerofdoom (profile), 21 Jan 2011 @ 6:14am

    so boggle me this:
    if the sites that are supposedly set up to match your profile with someone elses so that you are more likely to hit it off, why would anyone say not interested without so much as a how-do-you-do?

    that right there just screams ripoff... but maybe thats just me...

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