Match.com making changes over sexually assaulted woman's lawsuit.
Popular dating site Match.com will now start screening its members against a database of sex offenders.
Match.com said that this change in policy was accelerated after a Los Angeles woman filed a lawsuit against Match.com. The woman claimed that she was sexually assaulted by a man whom she met through the online dating service.
The lawsuit requested a temporary injunction to stop the site from allowing new members until it put into action a screening mechanism. The woman, however, did not seek any monetary compensation.
"This horrific ordeal completely blindsided me because I had considered myself savvy about online dating safety," the woman said in a statement released through her attorney. "Things quickly turned into a nightmare, beyond my control."
Match.com said that there are still many imperfections to its screening system.
“We want to stress that while these checks may help in certain instances, they remain highly flawed, and it is critical that this effort does not provide a false sense of security to our members,” said Match.com president Mandy Ginsberg.
Match.com plans to implement the screening policy within the next two to three months, according to the AP.