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Official estimates speak of million fake Facebook profiles

Every year, Facebook creates the annual Form 10-K report, in which among other things we learn the number of fake Facebook profiles from official sources. The financial results of the 4th quarter of 2013, we learned that the Social Network is used by 1.23 billion active users monthly. How many of them are fake?

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The answer is a lot! More specifically, these fake accounts may vary between 5.5% and 11.2%, i.e. between 67,650,000 and 137,760,000. Facebook has chosen not to give a specific number, but a range of values, perhaps to spare the criticism.

With which criteria Facebook considered that an account is fake? The separation was in double accounts (between 4.3% and 7.9%), incorrect accounts (between 0.8% and 2.1%) and unwanted accounts (between 0.4% and 1.2%). The first accounts are relating to profiles which are used as secondary, but at the same time they have a main profile, the latter accounts are for profiles which show a business or an animal, something for which it would have been more appropriate to use a page and not a profile, and finally, the third part has accounts that are relating to profiles that were created in order to violate the terms of use of Facebook, e.g. spam.

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