There’s a Good Chance Your Friends Are Phonies
Saturday, August 04, 2012
Facebook has nearly one billion profiles. It also has tens of millions of phony ones, too.
The social media giant has admitted that nearly 9% of all “users” on Facebook are not real. That translates into 83 million fake profiles, out of 955 million total.
Of the 83 million, nearly 46 million are duplicate profiles that users maintain in addition to their regular account.
Another 23 million are misclassified profiles, which include those created on behalf of nonpersons, such as pets.
The remaining 14 million are “undesirable” profiles created by spammers to spread unwanted messages and content.
To Learn More:
Facebook Admits 83m Profiles Are Fake (by Mark Sweney, The Guardian)
83 Million Facebook Accounts Are Fakes and Dupes (by Heather Kelly, CNN)
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