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Facebook: Nearly 1-In-10 "Users" Are Fake

  • CNET, Thursday, August 2, 2012 11:58 AM

Officially, Facebook says it has about 955 million monthly active users. However, as the company revealed this week in its 10-Q filing, it estimates that 8.7% -- or 83 million -- of those accounts are fake. “That's a huge jump, both in raw numbers and as a percentage, from Facebook's last estimate,” CNet reports. “Back in March, Facebook said 5% to 6% of accounts are false or duplicate. At the time, this meant between 42.25 million and 50.70 million users.” Why the jump? Facebook, to its credit, now appears to be doing a better job of identifying and classifying fakes.


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