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True was an online dating service that was founded in 2003 by entrepreneur Herb Vest. Its original name was True Beginnings.com, but the company felt that this name was too limiting, as company leadership wanted to expand the company into other markets one day.In 2004 the domain name was purchased and the company changed its name.True is known for its strict policies regarding background checks, which are used to ensure that members are not felons or married.Vest reports 16 million total members, as of May 2007, True advertised aggressively online and spent .2 million in online advertising from January to November 2006, more than any other online dating service.True's ads vary in theme and often feature provocatively dressed women with sex-themed taglines such as "It's nice to be naughty." These ads were particularly prevalent on My Space.Partly because of its ad campaign, True became, in only four years since its founding, one of the most visited sites in the online dating industry, according to The New York Times.
CEO Herb Vest has expressed a preference for pursuing such bills at the state level, saying "state legislatures are particularly vulnerable to influence from special interest groups because they are less in the media spotlight than the national Congress." True will cancel the account of anyone found to be married, separated or having a pending divorce without warning, and also reports them to the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3).
Convicted felons will not only have their accounts canceled, but are reported to the IC3 and to local authorities.
The company has even filed lawsuits against individuals for misrepresenting themselves on its site, under the premise that doing so is wire fraud.
Most notably, it sued Robert Wells, a 66-year-old convicted felon and child molester from Walnut Creek, California.
He had been able to avoid detection because California doesn't provide criminal data to businesses.
Another True member discovered Wells' criminal history and alerted the company.