In addition to eliminating Intimate Encounters entirely, they are also only going to allow members to messages singles who are 14 years their senior or junior.

The accounts of those who do not comply will be deleted.

What frequent IE users might not have realized was that if they searched for four or more Intimate Encounters, they triggered filters that blocked them from messaging members who did not want to hear from IE singles trolling for hook-ups on the site.

To make a dating site work, the site must first have viable options for people to date.

In the case of Intimate Encounters, Frind said, "There are 3.3 million people who use the site every day, of those there are only 6,041 single women looking for Intimate Encounters.

Plenty of Fish also has led the pack on innovation for many years offering many options for communication to serve the varied interests of users.

One of theses features, Intimate Encounters (IE), was a subset of Plenty of Fish for those explicitly seeking sexual partners without having to shoulder the burden of a relationship.

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.

Of those 6,041 women, the ones with hot pictures are mostly men pretending to be women.

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." There had been speculation since last fall that this decision was coming after users suddenly noticed that they could no longer search for Intimate Encounters.

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Want to know more about Consumer Affairs accredited brands? FIND OTHER COMPANIESI signed up, and have been deleted 3 times now within the week? Yet they have men on there who send sexual harassing messages and explicit content in their profiles who are still on there but I keep getting deleted, perhaps it’s the color of my skin?

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