Meanwhile, Newitz has acknowledged that there are “possible explanations for these data discrepancies.” It’s also possible that her interpretation of the information was indeed incorrect, as Avid Life argues.Avid Life Media declined to comment beyond its initial statement.
“We invite everyone to visit our website or our app and make up their own mind,” the company said.
Still, Newitz acknowledged that the “fake” accounts she had discovered numbered only in the “tens of thousands,” potentially leaving millions of legitimate female accounts.
However, later, Newitz analyzed activity on the site, and found that approximately 1,500 women had actually checked their Ashley Madison messages, compared to over 20 million men.
“Last week, a reporter who claimed to analyze the stolen data made incorrect assumptions about the meaning of fields contained in the leaked data.
This reporter concluded that the number of active female members on Ashley Madison could be calculated based on those assumptions.