Ashley Madison is refuting a widely publicized reports that the site is populated with barely any real women, and the women that are on site don't actively participate.
A recent Gizmodo report suggested that barely any women checked their messages or used the site's chat system – just a few thousand compared to million and millions of men.
"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. Despite having our business and customers attacked, we are growing. This past week alone, hundreds of thousands of new users signed up for the Ashley Madison platform – including 87,596 women," said Ashley Madison parent company Avid Life Media in a statement.
Ashley Madison calls out the specific report, questioning its methodology.
"Some journalists have turned the focus of the criminal act against Ashley Madison inside out, attacking us instead of the hackers. 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. That conclusion was wrong."
According to the company, the ratio of men to women on the site is 1.2 to 1.
"Last week alone, women sent more than 2.8 million messages within our platform. Furthermore, in the first half of this year the ratio of male members who paid to communicate with women on our service versus the number of female members who actively used their account (female members are not required to pay to communicate with men on Ashley Madison) was 1.2 to 1. These numbers are the main reason that Ashley Madison is the number one service for people seeking discreet relationships."
Last week, Avid Life Media CEO Noel Biderman resigned.