1:10 Facebook Accounts are Fake

Tue 7 August 2012 08:30, Vitto Christaldi

1:10 Facebook Accounts are Fake

There are 83 million fake accounts on Facebook! In other words: 1 out of 10 Facebook accounts that you come across might not be real!

Two weeks ago, in the company’s first quarterly earnings report, Facebook reported that they had 955 million active users. However, it appears that 8.7% of these accounts were fake, according to their 10-Q filing which was published a week later! How could it be?

From those 8.7% phony accounts, 2.4% were created by humans for their favorite objects or pets; 1.5% were created by spam. This percentage of the fake accounts went up if we compare it with the numbers they reported in March. Five months ago, Facebook claimed only 5% to 6% accounts were fake

Up to now, it is still unclear how many Facebook accounts are actually owned by “real people”. It is of course pretty annoying for Facebook, because the advertising rates are determined by the number of real accounts.

Facebook has tried to lower the number of fake accounts by doing automatic checks. The company claims to ban at least 20,000 accounts daily.

A couple of weeks ago, some users in the Netherlands complained about their Facebook accounts being suspended due to their short last names. Recently, there was also a complain from a girl in Mexico because her Facebook account got removed from Facebook because she has the same first and last name as the popular American singer, Selena Gomez.

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