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Complex Tinder catfish hack sees straight males unknowingly flirt with each other

By John McCarthy | Media editor



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March 26, 2015 | 3 min read

A Californian hacker has fooled heterosexual males into flirting with each other on the site to underline how some guys were treating women on the site.

The Verge first picked up the news that a hacker it called “Patrick” posed as a “better looking version of Kim Kardashian” and tinkered with the Tinder API to ensure that messages sent towards his fake account were relayed among the males sending the messages.

On the move, “Patrick”, who reportedly met his current girlfriend using the app, told the Verge he initiated the stunt to underline how some guys were treating women on the site.

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The Verge

“The original idea was to throw that back into the face of the people doing it to see how they would react, Tinder makes it surprisingly easy to bot their system. As long as you have a Facebook authentication token, you can behave as a robot as if you were a person.

“[Those duped by the hack] ignore all the signs, they ignore all the weird things, When someone is so quick to meet up without any detail or know anything about the person at all — maybe it’s deserved.”

It’s worth checking out all the mishaps by hitting the link.

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