Digital dating: faking oneself & stolen profiles

Which dating platforms are associated the most with fake profiles according to Google?

Mexico France Switzerland Italian Nigeria French Canada Portugal Netherlands Colombia United Kingdom Nigeria English Russia Switzerland German Austria Greece Hungary Romania Singapore India Malaysia Facebook Tinder Instagram LinkedIn Badoo Twitter Bumble Grindr Lovoo POF Skype Hinge Match Meetic Telegram Wallapop Netflix no platforms suggested non-dating platforms dating platforms rank of platform in Google suggestions 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

We researched the countries with the highest amount of online scams to show which platforms have the highest associations with fake profiles.

Main Findings

Facebook was mentioned the most as a Google Search suggestion for the topic of fake profiles; Tinder was the second most mentioned platform.
Comparing only dating platforms, Tinder had the highest number of mentions—12—while Badoo came in second place with just 4 mentions. As far as the rest of the dating platforms is concerned, they all appear only once or twice at most.

Moreover, comparing all the researched countries, Google Mexico suggested the most platforms in “fake profile” search results, while Singapore, India and Indonesia did not suggest any.
Another interesting finding is that countries in which the same language is spoken, such as the United Kingdom and Canada, had several of the same dating platforms in the results.


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