duddy Posted March 14, 2020 Share Posted March 14, 2020 Inside the Chinese dating apps exploiting the loneliness of India’s men “Find a girlfriend in a week,” said the ad. Raju Ansari, a shopkeeper in Delhi, was on Facebook to beat nighttime loneliness when that promise popped up on his timeline. The smartphone app’s logo flashed a heart, half blue and half red. Love was in the very name of the app being advertised: L’amour. Ansari was hooked. The download button on his phone took him to Google’s Play Store, where L’amour appeared to be heavily recommended, with a 4.2+ rating, 10 million-plus downloads and sixth position among the “top grossing” apps. The promise kept building. When he opened the app, he was greeted by photographs of women so attractive, he would have been thrilled to hear from any one of them. To his wild surprise, he heard from several. Their messages began pouring in the moment he signed up, each one more flirtatious than the last. “I have never chatted with anyone on a dating app before.” “Are you the one I am looking for?” “Say something.” He tried to respond, but the app informed him that he first needed to buy a subscription for Rs199—which he did right away. As a paid member of L’amour, he was now able to respond to messages, but he noticed, strangely, he was no longer getting as many as before. He was, however, now flooded with audio and video calls from women. “Ayesha very interested, and she wants to talk to you.” “Mia is calling, don’t miss out on her.” “Ipshita is inviting you to a video call.” He couldn’t answer any of them, even though his subscription was supposed to “unlock chat restrictions” and “unlock voice and video calls.” Now, he says, he was being told by the app that to receive a call on L’amour, he would have to pay more. For another Rs350, he could buy 1,599 diamonds, the app’s internal currency, and start video chatting. Now wary, he looked up reviews of L’amour. The internet is filled with them, most of them containing the word “fake.” “This is totally fake app guys don’t install this app and don’t purchase any membership this girls are fake computer control profile so don’t install this app and report this app in play store.” (Facebook) “Google, please keep a sharp eye on L’amour app. It’s totally fake app. It’s only eat peoples money on the name of love. Please remove from play store. It’s nothing more than manipulation” (Play Store) Source Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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