facebook front 1796837b 8.7 percent of Facebook accounts are duplicate or false

In a recent regulatory filing on Wednesday, Facebook informed the public that 8.7 percent of its 955 million monthly active users are duplicate or false accounts.  Facebook categorized these types of accounts into three groups: duplicate accounts, misclassified accounts, and ‘undesirable’ accounts.

In a recent regulatory filing on Wednesday, Facebook informed the public that 8.7 percent of its 955 million monthly active users are duplicate or false accounts.  Facebook categorized these types of accounts into three groups: duplicate accounts, misclassified accounts, and ‘undesirable’ accounts.

Duplicate accounts, which makes up 4.8 percent (45.8 million users), are self-explanatory; they are accounts that are made by the same users.  Facebook’s terms of service states that a person is only allowed to have one personal account.  Furthermore, people are not allowed to make accounts for other people.  Kids under 13 are not allowed to have Facebook accounts, so parents who have been creating accounts from their kids are also considered to be violating the terms of service. 

Misclassified accounts make up about 2.4 percent (22.9 million users), and most of these are accounts made by people for their pets or other ‘non-human’ things.  However, pet accounts can be converted into approved accounts if they are deemed as ‘public figures.’

The last group makes up 1.5 percent (14.3 million accounts) of the false accounts and is considered to be the most troublesome out of the three.  These undesirable accounts are made for the sole purpose of violating Facebook’s terms of usage—such as spamming. 

According to the filing, much of the duplicate and false accounts come from developing markets such as Turkey and Indonesia rather than developed markets such as the U.S. and Australia. 

Source: CNN