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Ashley Madison had over 70,000 bots sending fake female messages to male users.She had previously released an analysis purporting to show that only a minuscule proportion (12,000 out of 5.5 million) registered female accounts were used on a regular basis, Newitz noted a clause in the terms of service which states that some accounts are for amusement purposes only.Segal shared an independent report by EY (Ernst & Young) which verified the phase-out.
The lawsuit claimed that as a result Silva "developed severe pain in her wrists and forearms," and has been unable to work since 2011. The company claimed that Silva had been photographed jet-skiing, an activity that was unlikely for someone who had suffered serious injury to the hands and forearms.
Ashley Madison later alleged further that Silva had kept confidential documents and sought to retrieve them.
In 2015, the Ontario Superior Court dismissed the case without costs, a result with which Avi Weisman, vice-president and general counsel for Avid Life Media, said the company was "very pleased." the site was hacked by a group known as "The Impact Team".
The release included data from customers who had previously paid a fee to Ashley Madison to supposedly have their data deleted.
In the same month, the company changed its signature tagline from "Life is Short.
Trish Mc Dermott, a consultant who helped found Match.com, accused Ashley Madison of being a "business built on the back of broken hearts, ruined marriages, and damaged families".