Online Dating Sites Are Promising To Do More
The Internet Safety Project NewswireMarch 20, 2012
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 match.com for not assessing properly. The two met online at Match.com, and after an agreed date, Wurtzel followed the woman into her home and then sexually assaulted her. While the suit with Match.com 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 Match.com, 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?