On analysis of the code, it became clear engineers had developed female chatbots, which had in turn engaged some of its male userbase.The world gawped as a British MP, Michelle Thomson (who subsequently denied using the website) and US actor Josh Duggar (again, denied) were revealed amongst its clientele.: "There was a reputation a couple of years ago for fake profiles, but we don't believe in conning people to pay subscriptions.We set up terms on the application saying, we say on every application profile, 'do you understand, no fake profiles'.Catfishing, phishing and sexy chat-botting: the online dating world can be a confusing place.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.But what if the chatbot was created by the company itself?
Free dating sites fast became an ecosystem for programmers to let loose their bot scripts - luring the sexually curious to malware or "extra" services.
Meeting a robot is an inevitable part of online dating - or owning an email address.
The UK's online dating regulatory board tests applicants and insists sites sign an agreement to offer its services safely, and ethically.
While its main priority is the safety of UK online daters, the trade body advises against chat bots.
Now celebrity love rats are yesterday's news, the real scandal may lie in the use of chatbots in dating sites.
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.