83 million Facebook profiles probably aren’t real people

National Post | News

As many as 83 million of Facebook’s 955 million accounts could be fake. And up to 1.5% of total accounts are likely “undesirable” profiles specifically set up for nefarious purposes, such as affecting ad results and spamming users.


These revelations came from Facebook’s SEC filing, where the company laid out all of the potential threats to its future growth and profitability.

Facebook explains that the “undesirable” accounts “… represent user profiles that we determine are intended to be used for purposes that violate our terms of service, such as spamming.”

In the filing Facebook said that non-malicious duplicate accounts, which still violate the company’s user agreement, made up 4.8% of worldwide accounts. Additionally, accounts that are “user misclassified” — such as a Facebook profile for a pet — make up 2.4% of all accounts. Facebook’s user agreement states that if you want to set up a profile for…

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