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Meanwhile, Twitter finally opened up its verification system to all users, making its coveted checkmark something attainable by the masses, where before it was handled manually and at the company’s discretion, making for a fairly large group of users who felt slighted when requests were ignored.
Adding to the confusion with regard to the Tinder bots, is the fact that Tinder, too, offers a verification process of its own.
However, it’s not something that’s open to everyone – only celebrities and other notable figures are verified and only because people would otherwise assume their profiles are fake.
While on Twitter and Facebook, verification lets people know that someone is who they say they are, on Tinder the promise of verification taps into users’ desire to eliminate the safety concerns that come with online dating.
“Historically, most links shared by these spam bots would be masked behind short URLs, but in this case, they want users to see the URLs because they include words like Tinder, Protection and Match,” Satnam Narang, Senior Security Response Manager at Symantec, tells Tech Crunch. This is far from the first time that Tinder has been afflicted by spam bots.
The bot will explain, casually, The spam bots then link to a fake verification website that claims to offer background checks or some sort of dating protection.
It works like Tinder, except without the same potential for IRL intercourse.“We expect all kinds of users,” Love Palz spokesperson Viv Lu told the Daily Dot.
“Love Palz Club is a platform for people who get tired of old-fashioned social networks and [are] looking for stimulation.”And stimulation the app provides, in conjunction with the company's teledildonic toy, Twist.
The scammers earn a commission on the sign-ups, which is the reason the scam exists in the first place.
It’s not clear how many have actually fallen victim to the scam to date, but the prevalence of sign-up websites seem to indicate its popularity.