— FurryMate (@FurryMate) October 12, 2013
It appears as if the folks that run FurryMate and FurFling want to cash in on the growing number of Bronies. Equestria Daily posted a short blurb about it and asked for comments. In over 440 comments in about 24 hours, they have been largely negative.
FurFling/FurryMate’s practices began to be questioned when Patch Packrat did an extensive article about them which was featured on Flayrah and posted here on FNN. Wikifur notes that a reverse image search on the profile pictures on FurFling show many images may be stolen and suggests they are not people but bots set up to entice users to buy the service. It is also noted that FurryMate has recently deleted their forums.
FNN’s owner has commented that when he was approached by FurryMate to purchase advertising on FNN, they sent payment from an email address “@insidethemansion.com” which ties to a pay straight porn site.
Further checking on these sites and services point the servers themselves being hosted in a Level3 Communicaitnos Data Center in Miami, FL. based multiple Packet Tracing via TraceRt. They are all registered through the same Domain Protection service and seem to all point to the same server cluster.