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May 3rd, 2011
Match.com Has Finally Decided To Start Checking Whether Its Members are Registered Sex Offenders
It only took them 16 years, but Match.com has finally decided that maybe they SHOULDN'T let registered sex offenders sign up for their site.
Yesterday, Match announced that they're going to start cross-referencing their database of members with the national sex offender registry.
They didn't say how they'll handle it if a sex offender registers with Match under a fake name. But based on how long it took them just to take THIS step toward protecting their members, I wouldn't bet on them digging that deep.
A Match spokeswoman said that they've been considering doing these screenings for years but, quote, "their historical unreliability has always led us to conclude against it."
She also says that Match had finally decided to start running deeper background checks and banning sex offenders, but their timetable got sped up last week.
Last week, a woman from Los Angeles SUED Match.com after she was sexually assaulted on a second date with a man she met on the site.
She said the assault could've been prevented if Match had screened the man, because he was a registered sex offender.
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