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Ashley Madison

Ashley Madison

Ashley Madison isn't going away.

The adultery-encouraging site certainly suffered a setback when millions of its alleged users' identities were released by hackers last month. However, in a statement released Monday by parent company Avid Life Media, the company said, "Recent media reports predicting the imminent demise of Ashley Madison are greatly exaggerated."

"The company continues its day-to-day operations even as it deals with the theft of its private data by criminal hackers," the statement continued. "Despite having our business and customers attacked, we are growing."

According to this release, "hundreds of thousands of new users signed up for the Ashley Madison platform" in this past week alone, "including 87,596 women."

Yes, women—real women, not bots or men pretending to be women—are joining Ashley Madison, per this press release. The site refutes reports claiming there are very few active female users. (One reporter has also revised her estimate of how many women are on the site, explaining she originally "arrived at that low number based in part on a misunderstanding of the evidence.")

According to Avid Life Media's statistics, the ratio of paying male members to active female members is 1.2 to 1. 

What does this mean? Ashley Madison remains "the number one service for real people seeking discreet encounters," its parent company boasts. "We have customers in nearly every zip code in the United States, as well as users in more than 50 countries around the world...Approximately 70 percent of our revenue on any given day is from members making repeat purchases. We think that shows happy customers on a consistent basis."

Because you can't always believe what you read, though, Ashley Madison would like to "invite everyone to visit our website or or our app and make up their own mind."

Do so at your own discretion.