On February 28, 2012, the parents of US Army Lieutenant Peter Burks sued Plenty Of Fish.
Although the Plenty Of Fish site and its "matching" criteria continue to match couples with age differences greater than the 14 year guideline, attempts to contact the "matches" resulted in an inbox message from Markus stating, among other things, "[t]here is no reason for a 50 year old man to contact a 18 year old woman." On March 25, 2015, Plentyoffish Media Inc.paid ,000 as part of an undertaking for an alleged violation of Canada's Anti-Spam Law (CASL).But the founder of one of Britain’s biggest dating website has now decided to take radical action to root out fake and sleazy profiles - after revealing that many of the “women” who use the hook-ups section of his site are actually men in disguise.Writing to members on Monday, Markus Frind, the Canadian founder of Plenty of Fish (POF), said that he had been forced to make a series of changes to its membership rules because too many male users are harassing women for sex.The majority of messages sent outside those age ranges are all about hook-ups,” he wrote.
He added that an estimated two per cent of male members had “started to use POF as more of a hook-up site mostly due to the casual nature of mobile phone use,” following the increasing popularity of smart phone apps among the site’s users.But once I did, I would be bombarded with pictures of willies and all sorts."Some of them were so hilarious, I had to show the girls in the office.At first I was really shocked by it, but it happened so often, it just became laughable."I wouldn’t say I’m very attractive, but I was getting about 53 emails a day from men which would be alerted to on my phone.For the first seven years, this worked really well, I got the site to 10 million users without any employees and Po F was generating a ton [sic] of relationships”But Frind said he would now be making changes, adding: “Intimate Encounters on POF can be summed up as a bunch of horny men talking to a bunch of horny men pretending to be women.”In other changes he has curtailed users from contacting members where there are age gaps of 14 or more years.“There is no reason for a 50 year old man to contact 18-year-old women.You can meet some decent people but I wouldn’t use it again, it seems people just want casual fun.”“I joined Po F in August last year and immediately started talking to guys online.