Many Chinese dating apps have been shut down by police after it was revealed that women on the platforms were actually automated bots!
These bots would lure app users to send gifts and illegal gain a profit.
Police in southern Guangdong province began investigating in August 2017, after suspecting one app of fraudulently charging visitors to view pornographic videos which did not exist.
After further investigation, it was found that some companies created fake "sexy girl" accounts. They created computer programmes which generated greeting messages and gave users compliments from fake accounts and targeted these messages at newly registered users.