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My fiancé was a fraud (5)


08:57, October 28, 2011

A growing headache

From being unknown eight years ago, now attracts up to 47 million registered users. The website says it has been doing its best to see users are not cheated but occasionally, things are beyond its control. "As an Internet service provider, we don't have the power of State authorities to force users to provide genuine information. The key is to regulate their behavior and improve the public's awareness of self-protection," said.

Ren Jianan said was like an expressway for single men and women. "Along the road, we have set up many warning signs. But as a driver, you need to have your own awareness of safety. If an accident occurs, you cannot blame the expressway."

Despite its banner as the country's leading online matchmaker, some netizens have nicknamed the website "China's largest one night stand."

A Guangdong native, Xiao Zhe, admitted to the Beijing Times recently that he had one night stands with more than 50 women users of the website over the past three years. "Things are convenient. I can browse through their photos and we don't have to provide our real names. It's become a fashion among my friends to hunt for pretty girls here."

As well as those not looking for serious relationships, there are others keen on selling expensive alcohol or developing pornographic businesses. told the Global Times that it has cyber police patrolling 24 hours a day and the company regularly sends e-mails reminding users of Internet safety issues.

"Eight years ago, I founded after I was swindled on a dating agency. From the first day, I have managed my website as a serious concern," said Gong Haiyan, CEO of

A growth industry

Dating websites have been favored by venture capitals in the past few years. As well as the country's leading dating websites like and, others like and have all been financed with millions of dollars.

According to China Economic Weekly, the country's online dating market will expand to be worth 1.9 billion yuan in 2015 from 487 million yuan in 2010. The number of visitors to online dating websites increased from 14 million in 2009 to 19 million in 2010, and is expected to grow to 60 million by 2015.

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