But the founder of one of Britain’s biggest dating website has now decided to take radical action to root out fake and sleazy profiles - after revealing that many of the “women” who use the hook-ups section of his site are actually men in disguise.
Writing to members on Monday, Markus Frind, the Canadian founder of Plenty of Fish (POF), said that he had been forced to make a series of changes to its membership rules because too many male users are harassing women for sex.
The entrepreneur said that he had decided to scrap the “Intimate Encounters” option on the POF site due to complaints from some of its female users suffering unwanted attention.
In a message sent to all members, he said that only 6,041 of the 3.3 million people who use the site every day are in fact women looking for no-strings-attached trysts – adding “the ones with hot pictures are mostly men pretending to be women.”The computer systems graduate who founded the website - which now has a turnover of more than m (£6.6m) a year - in 2003, said he now wants it to now focus on ‘meaningful relationships.’Mr Frind said: “When I created POF, I wanted it to be all about finding relationships with the right person.
It is a scam website, apparently if you aren't a pig or scam they kick you off?
Bunch of racists at that who don't even have the nerve to contact you back with a what you supposedly did?
We will tell you what you need in a relationship, where you screwed up (without knowing it) in past relationships and a customized action plan to make your next relationship successful.
For the first seven years, this worked really well, I got the site to 10 million users without any employees and Po F was generating a ton [sic] of relationships”But Frind said he would now be making changes, adding: “Intimate Encounters on POF can be summed up as a bunch of horny men talking to a bunch of horny men pretending to be women.”In other changes he has curtailed users from contacting members where there are age gaps of 14 or more years.
“There is no reason for a 50 year old man to contact 18-year-old women.
Due to the low barrier for entry this leads them to attract more casual daters.
However, it also allows them to focus on retention of customers rather than constantly having to attract new singles.
"POF is all about relationships, I'm going to make a bunch of changes to ensure it stays a relationship-focused site, " Frind said.