The Plenty of Fish website, which counts its membership at 55 million people worldwide, is to scrap its "intimate encounters" function after it became apparent that many of its female users were not what they seemed.

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But the increasing use of smartphone apps had enabled a small core of men to use the site exclusively for casual "hook-ups", leading many women to complain of harassment.

An estimated 2% of the site's male users "started to use POF as more of a hook-up site, mostly due to the casual nature of mobile phone use", Frind acknowledged.

One 21-year-old user told the Independent: "I used to get all sorts emailing me, asking to be my slave and asking for sex. It seems people just want casual fun."Another, aged 29, said: "At first I was shocked, but it happened so often, it just became laughable.

"The majority of messages sent outside those age ranges are all about hook-ups."Founded in 2003, Plenty of Fish is now one of Britain's biggest dating sites, with 24 million messages sent each day, and a turnover of £6.6 million.

Frind said: "When I created POF, I wanted it to be all about finding relationships with the right person.

For the first seven years, this worked really well.I got the site to 10 million users without any employees and POF was generating a ton of relationships."The site had led to the birth of an estimated one million babies, Frind claimed recently.The second woman, who worked with the spy at GCHQ, went to Gloucestershire Police in 2013 claiming she had been abused and raped by the spy during a relationship they had a year earlier, reports the Sunday Mirror's Crime Correspondent Nick Dorman. The force told the Sunday Mirrror: 'In December 2015, the victim wrote a letter to the IPCC raising issues about her dissatisfaction with Gloucestershire Constabulary.A local investigation into the complaint is currently live. But if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.An internet dating site which offers the promise of no-strings-attached "hook-ups" has been forced to tighten up its vetting procedures after it was revealed that less than 0.2% of its users were women seeking casual sex.