She says Ashley Madison does not go so far as to say they are fake, but "does admit that many profiles are for 'amusement only' ".
In 2012, a former employee claimed in a lawsuit that she was requested to create thousands of fake female accounts attractive to male customers, resulting in repetitive stress injury. In July 2016, CEO Rob Segal and newly appointed President James Millership told Reuters that the company had phased out bots by late 2015.
The site allows users to hide their account profiles for free.
For a conversation between two members, one of the members—almost always the man—must pay five credits to initiate the conversation.
Any follow-up messages between the two members are free after the communication has been initiated.
the site was hacked by a group known as "The Impact Team".
Claiming that its security had always been weak, the hackers claimed to have stolen personal information about the site's user base, and threatened to release names, home addresses, search histories and credit card numbers if the site was not immediately shut down.
Segal shared an independent report by EY (Ernst & Young) which verified the phase-out.