Match.com’s TOS

Kenneth pointed out the absurdity of the terms of service Match.com publishes:

9. Content Posted by You on Match.com.

a. You are solely responsible for the Content that you publish or display (hereinafter, “post”) on the Service, or transmit to other Members. You will not post on the Service, or transmit to other Members, any defamatory, inaccurate, abusive, obscene, profane, offensive, sexually oriented, threatening, harassing, racially offensive, or illegal material, or any material that infringes or violates another party’s rights (including, but not limited to, intellectual property rights, and rights of privacy and publicity). You will not provide inaccurate, misleading or false information to the Company or to any other Member. If information provided to Match.com, or another Member, subsequently becomes inaccurate, misleading or false, you will promptly notify Match.com of such change.

Sexually oriented comments on a dating site? Can you imagine such a thing? It seems like sites like Match.com would actually work better if they were more sexually oriented. Rather than having a bunch of people dancing around the fact that they’re looking to get laid, let them explain in no uncertain terms what they’re looking for in a partner, including sexually.

Or, do they mean you’re not supposed to mention your sexual orientation because it may offend homophobes on the site. Imagine if you’re a flaming heterosexual who “accidentally” clicked the “men seeking men” drop-down box and was later called out by his roommate who noticed this in the browser history. Could the owners of gay profiles who “offended” the Ted Haggard-like hetero dude have their accounts revoked for offending the Haggard?

Personally, I think every single user of Match.com should have their membership revoked for breaking another part of the TOS:

You will not provide inaccurate, misleading or false information to the Company . . .

Or, should I believe that everyone’s honest about their age, weight, height, income, and what’s they’re looking for in a mate?

One thought on “Match.com’s TOS”

  1. Sounds like it was cut and paste from a standardized TOS.
    Maybe lawyers plagiarize too?

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