News Comment #6: FTC sues Match.com owner for allegedly conning people to pay for dating service

The Federal Trade Commission sued Match Group, an online dating giant, for using fake love interest ads on Match.com in which allegedly entices people to pay for their services.

Non-subscribers had a higher risk of seeing messages from potentially fraudulent accounts than the paying customers of Match.com. This would encourage the non-subscribers to sign up for paid accounts because of the increased interest ads as claimed by the FTC.

Once the customers signed up, a “fraudulent communication” or interested profile is “unavailable” depending on the fraud review process.

Andrew Smith, Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, stated on the con and pointing out that the services from dating websites shouldn’t be using the scams to make money.

The CEO Hesam Hosseini responded on this issue in a worded email that can be summarized into him stating the irrelevancy of the FTC claim.

Other FTC related allegations have been brought up, but as of currently the alleged deceptive business practices they questioned ceased by mid-2019.

Overall, this article used good quotes and paraphrasing. The obvious quote is from the Director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, where they included what he said, and split it up so maybe we got the most important sentences. Another quote is from an email by the CEO of Match. They used the CEO’s words in relation to how he thinks this isn’t an issue and that Match is doing a fine and not creating fraudulent actions.

For more information click on the link: https://www.cnn.com/2019/09/25/tech/match-group-sued/index.html

1 thought on “News Comment #6: FTC sues Match.com owner for allegedly conning people to pay for dating service

  1. An interesting case. Subtle. Nice to see the FTC run this down.

    Lots of good quotes, full and partial.

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