The number of fake accounts on Facebook is roughly the size of Egyptâ€™s population and larger than most of the worldâ€™s countries, the company disclosed this week.
In a 10-Q filing, Facebook acknowledged that a total of 8.7% â€” or 83 million â€” accounts on the network are bogus. Of that 8.7%, 4.8% are duplicate accounts, 2.4% are user-misclassified accounts and 1.5% are â€śundesirableâ€ť accounts, a.k.a. spam.
The figure is a bit higher than the companyâ€™s previous estimates. In a March filing, Facebook claimed about 5% to 6% of its accounts â€” or 40.3 million to 50.7 million â€” were fake. The company also says it bans at least 20,000 accounts daily and estimates about 600,000 accounts per day are compromised.
Taking the latest figures into account, Facebookâ€™s latest claim of 955 million active users would be downgraded to 872 million.
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