Online Dating Sites Are Promising To Do More

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Online dating is an ever growing industry, as last year over 40 million Americans used an online dating services, and these users spent over $1 billion on dating website memberships. Along with this rise in the industry, has come scams, identity theft, and abuse, and now matchmaking sites are promising to make things change. In 2010, a woman in Los Angeles filed a suit against Alan Wurtzel for sexual assault, and for not assessing properly. The two met online at, and after an agreed date, Wurtzel followed the woman into her home and then sexually assaulted her. While the suit with failed, as the site already had some background checks, now, two years later, the three largest online dating sites, have agreed to start scanning more intensely for online predators, which includes checking subscribers against national sex registries, supply members with online safety tips, and provide a quick way to report abuse. With these provisions, and the leadership of, EHarmony, and Spark Networks, legislators hope to ensure safer dating online. What do you think? Are the new promises enough to keep the online dating sphere safe? Do you think the companies will keep their new promises?


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I find it interesting how some things pan out. In the case of JEFFERY MARSALIS who was convicted in at least one case of the many sexual assaults he was accused of, he got actually what he asked for, although he certainly isn't wise enough to know what all the consequences would be. ANY person who deceives people either online, or in person, about WHO they are, WHAT the do, and perhaps even where they live, is setting themselves up for some sort of negative consequence, when his obvious intent was to attract certain kinds of women to him. Only cowards, the insecure, or perverted would do these things...In other words, he flat out LIED about most "everything" about himself, and even when interviewed on 20/20, he would not give clear answers. That's because he did not want his "true motive" and "true self" to be revealed. He hadn't the guts, and definitely not the integrity, just to be "himself", however good, or rotten that may be. What a coward. I wish judges in cases such as these, regardless of the outcome, would hone in on the first action that led to all the subsquent negative consequences, and charge the perpertrator with them...In this case, it would've been JEFFERY MARSALIS' deception online, and most certainly, in person. Sometime, in "some" cases, it's something as silly as deceiving lies and actions that lead to horrible, and and even fatal consequences. I don't understand why so many people have so much trouble with "truthfulness". In any event, online dating and any other online social services do need to do whatever they can to avoid these types of members. Background checks, etc. But when such perpertrators are "caught", their faces need to NOT be glorified on TV, but humilitated on it----for ALL to see. Maybe and the likes, could post such perpertrators' faces on their sites, as a "visual warning" to the rest of us, and to the other "would be" disgusting criminals.