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But what if the chatbot was created by the company itself?
Take Ashley Madison, which had its entire source code, internal company emails and 37 million customers' personal information dumped onto torrenting sites earlier this year.
We set up terms on the application saying, we say on every application profile, 'do you understand, no fake profiles'.
Some of the companies asked what to do if they wanted to up a profile to test if the site is working.
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.
Now financial institutions are managing a launch on this scale it really proves it.
I hope if we get it right in the UK with our ODA members, we can see similar trade bodies set up internationally," adds Kidd.
The UK's online dating regulatory board tests applicants and insists sites sign an agreement to offer its services safely, and ethically.
We said yes, as long as users can’t engage with that profile and get excited or attracted to it."While decisions to engineer fake profiles are entirely up to the sites themselves, dating companies signed up to the Online Dating Association are a somewhat safer bet.
That said, plenty of reputable sites such as the Inner Circle or Zoosk aren't members at the time of writing.
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.