While many dating websites now adhere to a strict no-bot policy, some are happy to write ambiguous terms and conditions into their policies, allowing for fake profiles and bot relationships to flourish on the site, it's claimed.
Who needs romance when you can be ridiculously picky and specify what you want from another human being, even down to their eye colour. It's a common misconception that you'll get a better class of person on a 'paid for' dating site, or perhaps someone who's more serious about a relationship than those maniacs on free sites who may as well just jump up and down on the spot shouting "SHAG ME I HAVE NO MONEY OR SOCIAL SKILLS! So given that I've probably looked, sneered, screamed and sighed at hundreds of profiles, I'm still no further forward in my quest to find someone who will make me laugh and tolerate my bed head in the morning and I'm sure I'm not alone.
Now Match and Tinder's parent company is gearing up to sell stocks and shares, so the spotlight is on shady practices hidden in some dating sites' code.
Free dating sites fast became an ecosystem for programmers to let loose their bot scripts - luring the sexually curious to malware or "extra" services.
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