Sunday, February 3, 2013

Facebook detected 76 million fake accounts last year

Facebook has reported that roughly 76 million of the 1.06 billion user accounts on its social network are bogus in some way or other.

Facebook disclosed the figures in its annual report filed with the U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission on Friday.

Facebook said it continually tries to improve its ability to identify these duplicate or false accounts. It also noted that there's a higher percentage of such accounts in developing countries such as Indonesia and Turkey, compared to developed markets like the U.S. and Australia.

Facebook said the numbers it reports are based on a limited sample of accounts, and that it exercises judgment in its counting, "such as identifying names that appear to be fake or other behavior that appears inauthentic to the reviewers."

Still, Facebook does not specify in the filing how it judges the authenticity of one "meow" over another, opines Zech Miners at Computer World.


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