Match.com will start screening its users against the sex offenders database to protect its customers. The popular online dating site says that improved screening technology has changed its opinion on the efficacy of screening customers.
This decision comes a few days after an LA woman dragged Match.com to court claiming that she was sexually assaulted by a man she had met through the website. According to the plaintiff, had there been a proper screening system, the attack could have been avoided.
Match.com president Mandy Ginsberg said in an email (opens in new tab)to the Associated Press that the company had previously refrained from screening its users to avoid giving customers a false sense of security,arguing that "their historical unreliability has always led us to conclude against it."
“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,” Ginsberg said in a statement.
Match.com claims the decision was not instigated by the lawsuit, but acknowledges that the decision was hastened by the recent allegations.