Avid Life Media Gets An Earful From Twitter Users As Company Uses DMCA To Remove Reporter’s Tweet

Reading the replies from users who are commenting on the statement from Avid Life Media about the Ashley Madison hacking gives readers a feel for the public response to the company.

“Last month we were made aware of an attack to our systems. We immediately launched a full investigation utilizing independent forensic experts and other security professionals to assist with determining the origin, nature, and scope of this attack. Our investigation is still ongoing and we are simultaneously cooperating fully with law enforcement investigations, including by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Ontario Provincial Police, the Toronto Police Services and the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation.”

With the first statement from Avid Life Media, Inc., appearing on their AshleyMadison.com website and partially on Twitter on July 20, users had to wait all the way until August 18 for the company’s next statement.

As such, when that updated statement appeared on AshleyMadison.com and on Twitter in part, speaking of the firm being made aware of the attack to their systems, users pounced on Avid Life Media and their claims about launching a full investigation with the help of the FBI.

As expected, Avid Life Media received the type of backlash and quips that a company devoted to cheaters that got hacked could imaginably receive.

“Any effort devoted to fixing your s***? @ashleymadison”

“What’s broken is their (lucrative) business model, and their clientele.
PS: know how to read those.dump files???”

“@ashleymadison Have you guys even apologized for your lackluster security or are you just going to continue to point the finger? #cowards”

Some users pointed Avid Life Media to the fact that millions more men populated the Ashley Madison site than women, as revealed in the hacking. Allegations of fake female profiles are rampant as well.

@ashleymadison Any statement about the fact that your website is a sausage fest? Dunzo.

Meanwhile, the Verge reports on Avid Life Media chasing after journalist Joseph Cox, and using a DMCA takedown request in order to get Twitter to delete one tweet. Perhaps that’s the same reason that the Twitter account that had been exposing Ashley Madison users state-by-state and tweet-by-tweet was suspended by Twitter, as reported by the Inquisitr.

It’s a seemingly odd request, because Cox didn’t appear to publish any names or identifying details of any Ashley Madison users — nor their employer names. From the photos, it appeared Joseph published only two cells from a spreadsheet with only two words, “Institution” and “Acc#” as labels, not the actual bank names nor account numbers of Ashley Madison users nor their employers.

Nevertheless, Cox seems to be taking it all in stride, and celebrating the fact that Avid Life Media’s DMCA takedown request gained him 100 new Twitter followers.


[Image via Ashley Madison]