Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Match.com To Start Screening Members for Sexual Offenses

woman who claims she has been raped by a person she met through the service.

The woman claims she has met a man through Match.com who had six convictions for sexual battery. She claims the man had followed and raped her on their second date, and thinks it could have been avoided if Match.com had the screening process in place. The man plead not guilty, claiming the sex was consensual.

Match.com has agreed to implement the screening process, although the site's officials still don't think that screening is the best option to prevent cases such as this one.

"We've been advised that a combination of improved technology and an improved database now enables a sufficient degree of accuracy to move forward with this initiative, despite its continued imperfection," said the site's president, Mandy Ginsberg, in a statement to Associated Press.

"We want to stress that 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," she added.

The screening process is expected to go live on the site, which boasts some 20 million members across the world, in two or three months.

This outcome of this case could have a big impact on other dating sites as well, which might also start screening its members for

sexual offenses.


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