Facebook says it has around 5.5% to 11.2% fake accounts

FacebookAccording to an estimation report from Facebook itself, between 5.5% and 11.2% of all Facebook accounts are found to be fake. The estimation was published in Facebook’s 10-K filing which was published this weekend and the estimation is from the year 2013. Facebook says this percentages mean it has at least 67.65 million fake accounts which were used last month and the number could go as high as 137.6 million users. Here is how Facebook categorizes the fake account numbers.

  • 4.3 percent to 7.9 percent of accounts were duplicates (meaning someone has created more than one account for an individual), or anywhere between 52.89 million and 97.17 million.
  • 0.8 percent to 2.1 percent were misclassified (meaning someone has created an account for something not someone), or anywhere between 9.84 million and 25.83 million.
  • 0.4 percent to 1.2 percent were undesirable (meaning accounts created to violate Facebook’s rules), or anywhere between 4.92 million and 14.76 million.

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