83 million Facebook accounts fake, invalid or duplicate

/ 6 years ago

Facebook has recently announce that 83 million of its 955 million user accounts are actually fake, invalid or duplicate. News that is probably going to send Facebook shares down a bit more, Facebook just can’t seem to catch a lucky break these days.

83.09 million accounts are invalid for a number of reasons according to Facebook. Duplicate accounts make up 4.8% or 45.8 million of all Facebook accounts. These mostly occur when people get a bit cheesed off with how clogged up their account is, resulting in them making a new one for a fresh start.

22.9 million accounts, 2.4%,  are invalid because they are for non-human beings. These are allowed but they should be created in the Facebook page formats as they are public figures not people…apparently. Things such as pets, groups or companies should always be created as a page says Facebook.

1.5% of accounts, 14.3 million, are the ultra-undesirables. Accounts created specifically to break the company’s terms of use – mainly through spamming links, pictures, statuses and sometimes even embedded viruses, malware and phishing scams.

“We believe the percentage of accounts that are duplicate or false is meaningfully lower in developed markets such as the United States or Australia and higher in developing markets such as Indonesia and Turkey,”


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