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Sites such as Ashley Madison and German dating site Lovoo have been accused of creating and programming fake female profiles to flirt with male customers. Although creating a profile for membership is free on those sites, it will cost money to reveal the details of the user who has given a free member a good rating.

So is "fembot" programming commonly used by these sites as claimed by Gizmodo?

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    I know that there is a series of sites that admit to doing this. I can't access them at work (firewall for adult sites). But they have members marked as "Fantasy Cuties" by a yellow star with FC in it. Of course, you have to click on it and scroll through a bunch of legalese to uncover this. I think the sites are AffairAlert, Blackcrush, MILFHunter, or whatever. – JasonR Feb 3 '16 at 14:30
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    @user19555 - FWIW, the "sites" aren't always a distinct entity. One of the business tactics some companies engage in is to have a multitude of differently skinned and differently named sites all of which are really the same network. This applies even to "legit" personals sites like Plenty of Fish, i think – user5341 Feb 5 '16 at 17:54
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    Related (not sure if duplicate?): skeptics.stackexchange.com/q/28820/1044 – user5341 Feb 5 '16 at 17:56
  • @user5341-The question and answer highlighted by you talks about the Ashley Madison user population which is 85.96% Male profiles and 15.04% female profiles. However it does not further categorize this 15.04% into a proportion of fembots a.k.a chatbots as alleged in this claim apart from the discussed fake, unused, unconfirmed and unpaid profiles. – pericles316 Feb 8 '16 at 6:37
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    @pericles316: wow, that's a whopping 101% ;) – 0xC0000022L May 31 '16 at 8:49

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