We all know that the Internet is populated with every walk of life: the types that you’d want to meet and possibly date, the type that you should avoid at all costs, and everything in between. But how can you tell the two apart, especially when you find them on online dating sites like Match.com, where everyone wants to portray a favorable image?
One simple way would be to at least screen the users to see if they are registered sex offenders or dangerous criminals and to notify their dates before they agree to meet up in person. For one California woman, this could have saved her from being sexually assaulted by a man she met through Match.com, who was also a registered sex offender.
Seeing as this is freely available information that the dating website could have easily checked when the man signed up, the woman sued Match.com in the hopes that it will start checking their applicants’ backgrounds and exclude dangerous individuals from their community, or at the very least, notify the other party that they are about to go on a date with a sex offender.
Hoping to add more credibility and the feeling of safety for their members, Match.com has decided to follow through on this request and will soon start looking into ways of checking members’ backgrounds to screen out individuals with a history of sexual offences. However, a Match.com representative stated that even though these checks will be in place soon, the website’s members should still be careful with whom they meet up and hope the checks do not provide a false sense of security:
“While these checks may help in certain instances, they remain highly flawed, and it is critical that this effort does not provide a false sense of security to our members,’ said a Match.com rep.
The dating website has announced that it will start performing these background checks in about 2 to 3 months, but until then, and even with these checks in place, we recommend you be very careful of who you decide to meet, especially if you meet them online.
(Story and image via Gizmodo)