Facebook Could Be Filled With 83 Million Fake Accounts
More than 8 percent of Facebook's 955 million users might violate the terms of the social networking site's usage policy, including fake accounts, an SEC filing shows.Who needs real friends, anyway? In a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the social networking giant Facebook admitted that 8.7 percent of its 955 million members worldwide could in fact be in violation of its policies, with duplicate accounts, accounts that users maintain in addition to their principal accounts, make up 4.8 percent of that figure. In addition, the filing reveals user-misclassified accounts may have represented approximately 2.4 percent of Facebooks worldwide users, and undesirable accounts may have represented approximately 1.5 percent of their worldwide users. User-misclassified accounts are classified as personal profiles for a business, organization or nonhuman entity such as a pet. These types of entities are permitted on Facebook using a Page rather than a personal profile under the companys terms of service.
We believe the percentage of accounts that are duplicate or false is meaningfully lower in developed markets such as the United States or Australia and higher in developing markets such as Indonesia and Turkey, the filing said. However, these estimates are based on an internal review of a limited sample of accounts and we apply significant judgment in making this determination, such as identifying names that appear to be fake or other behavior that appears inauthentic to the reviewers. As such, our estimation of duplicate or false accounts may not accurately represent the actual number of such accounts.