Report: Most ‘Women’ on Ashley Madison Were Actually Fake
CHANGE: In a new analysis of the data, Gizmodo’s Annalee Newitz said she arrived at the low number of women on the site “based in part on a misunderstanding of the evidence.”
“Equally clear is new evidence that Ashley Madison created more than 70,000 female bots to send male users millions of fake messages, hoping to create the illusion of a vast playland of available women,” Newitz added.
There’s a good chance that most men on Ashley Madison never even had the opportunity to cheat. That’s because most women on the site were actually fake.
According to an analysis of the Ashley Madison data dump from Gizmodo, just about 12,000 of the 5.5 million female profiles on the now-infamous adultery site belonged to actual, living breathing women.
” The world of Ashley Madison was a far more dystopian place than anyone had realized,” writes Gizmodo’s Annalee Newitz. ” This isn’t a debauched wonderland of men cheating on their wives. Instead, it’s like a science fictional future where every woman on Earth is dead, and some Dilbert-like engineer has replaced them with badly designed robots.”
When examining the data, Newitz found that about 10,000 accounts were linked to email addresses ending in ashleymadison.com, indicating that the site’s admins had actually created them. More than 9,000 of these ashleymadison.com addresses were used for female profiles.
This suggests that “the majority of obviously fake accounts — ones perhaps created by bored admins using their company’s email address, or maybe real women using fake information — were marked female,” Newitz composed. “These fakes numbered in the thousands,” backing up claims made by the Impact Team hackers that Ashley Madison is a scam. Read more