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Match Avoids $844 Million in FTC Claims on Judge’s Ruling

  • Judge cites Communications Decency Act to gut bulk of claims
  • Online dating giant ruled a publisher, not creator of profiles
The Match Group Inc. website.
The Match Group Inc. website.Photographer: Gabby Jones/Bloomberg
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Match Group Inc. won’t have to pay $844 million sought by federal regulators who accused the world’s biggest online dating-app of defrauding customers by failing to screen out fake accounts and messages.

U.S. District Judge Ed Kinkeade in Dallas dismissed most of the Federal Trade Commission’s 2019 lawsuit, saying the Communications Decency Act protects Match as an online publisher. Subscribers create their own profiles and messages to other users, and the Match app just publishes them, Kinkeade said Thursday in a 40-page decision.