Facebook: More than 83 million users are fake

Facebook: More than 83 million users are fake

Sydney : Australia | Aug 08, 2012 at 12:45 PM PDT
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People with multiple Facebook accounts, profiles for pets, "zombie blondes." These are a few examples of the 83.09 million fake users Facebook revealed this week as part of the social network's first public quarterly earnings report.

These fake accounts make up 8.7 percent of Facebooks 955 million monthly active users, "a huge jump, both in raw numbers and as a percentage from Facebook's last estimate," notes CNet's Emil Protlanski. "Back in March, Facebook said 5 to 6 percent of accounts are false or duplicate. At the time, this meant between 42.25 million and 50.70 million users."

The jump in numbers doesn't denote a jump in false accounts, but Facebook's increased transparency in tracking, as is required of a public company, Protlanski explains. "Before it only listed duplicate and false users, and now Facebook has broken down the latter number further: duplicate accounts," he writes.

Facebook further breaks down its fake users like this:

  • 4.8 percent are duplicate accounts (a single user with two or more accounts, in violation of Facebook's terms of service).
  • 2.4 percent are user-misclassified accounts, in which users have created personal profiles for a business, organization, or non-human entity such as a pet (instead of a Page, which such entities are allowed under Facebook's terms of service).
  • 1.5 percent are undesirable accounts, which represent user profiles that Facebook determines are intended to be used for purposes that violate our terms of service, such as spamming.
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SarahWyne is based in Wauchula, Florida, United States of America, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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