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Facebook 8.7 Percent: 83 Million Fake Accounts

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Facebook estimates that about 8.7 percent of all of its active accounts are fake.

According to the recently released 10-Q quarter earnings report, Facebook believes that 4.8 percent of all accounts are duplicates, user misclassified accounts were about 2.4 percent of the total and "undesirable" accounts that are used for spamming activities at 1.5 percent. The total number of accounts is currently 955 million, which puts the number of fake accounts at about 83 million.

The document also revealed that there are 552 million mobile users that log in to Facebook at least once a month. However, 5 percent of those may be based simply on the fact that mobile applications log in to Facebook without active participation of the user. Of Facebook's 955 million users, 102 million are using mobile devices only.

Meanwhile, Facebook shares have hit a new low of $19.82 during trading last week. Facebook made its stock market debut on May 18 at $38 per share.

 

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    aftcomet , August 6, 2012 4:08 AM
    That's what you get for investing in junk. All money Facebook generates is from the stupidity of others. Stupid people willing document every single moment of their lives all for marketers.

    Zynga, Timeline (easier for markets to use your information), and that junk.

    I too use Facebook. All I ever use it for is sharing links to articles with friends or talking to people I don't normally talk to too often. And Adblock ensures I never see a Farmville advert.

    Facebook can rot in hell.
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    therabiddeer , August 6, 2012 4:55 AM
    4.8% of duplicate accounts are so that people can farm their own ville.
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    aftcomet , August 6, 2012 4:08 AM
    That's what you get for investing in junk. All money Facebook generates is from the stupidity of others. Stupid people willing document every single moment of their lives all for marketers.

    Zynga, Timeline (easier for markets to use your information), and that junk.

    I too use Facebook. All I ever use it for is sharing links to articles with friends or talking to people I don't normally talk to too often. And Adblock ensures I never see a Farmville advert.

    Facebook can rot in hell.
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    DarkenMoon97 , August 6, 2012 4:20 AM
    Blame all those "ville" games for this.
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    cuecuemore , August 6, 2012 4:31 AM
    I have 2!
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    dogman_1234 , August 6, 2012 4:41 AM
    Pump and dump anyone?
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    rantoc , August 6, 2012 4:52 AM
    Read a report about FB and the multiple account uses, its amazing how far some are willing to go in their disillusions! Some are pathetic enough to make fake "i love you" accounts with some model photo on that like everything their main account do - In the belief that they get more socially accepted. Some even pay services for that, WTF!
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    therabiddeer , August 6, 2012 4:55 AM
    4.8% of duplicate accounts are so that people can farm their own ville.
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    agnickolov , August 6, 2012 6:37 AM
    No statistics for genuine inactive accounts though. That would be more telling...
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    nitrium , August 6, 2012 6:59 AM
    I suspect that the 1.5% spamming accounts admitted to is massively low-balling the real figure.
    http://www.bgr.com/2012/05/29/social-media-spam-twitter-facebook/
    The IPO of FB proves there really is a Zucker born ever minute.
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    Anonymous , August 6, 2012 7:01 AM
    I dont understand people who are complaining? Why are you in it just to complain like a bitch?
    If you are going to complain, delete your account. So you can stop the bullshit.

    I myself, have a wonderful account with ALL FAKE information, dob, names, schools, pictures, etc.
    I only use facebook to share videos.
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    bak0n , August 6, 2012 7:04 AM
    I had 7 accounts to game with at one point. They are still active accounts but i don't game on them any longer.
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    JOSHSKORN , August 6, 2012 9:00 AM
    Article should read "Up to 8.7% of FB users are smart enough to have a fake profile when connecting to strangers online. The rest are probably pervs."
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    memadmax , August 6, 2012 9:08 AM
    I think facebook will eventually go the way of the "latest fad" like yahoo chat did...

    Yahoo chat is now just a bunch of bots talking to each other...
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    maqsabre , August 6, 2012 10:15 AM
    Stop Playing Games Sell Facebook And Zynga,
    Fakebook's freefall
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    uglynerdman , August 6, 2012 11:51 AM
    i use facebook to "like" pictures of girls butts srsly. oh and to see how fat every chick i went to highschool has become.
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    A Bad Day , August 6, 2012 1:50 PM
    *Looks at my friends' hundreds of "friends"*

    *Looks at my 13 friends that I know in RL.*


    And some wonder why I refuse to friend someone unless if I've known them for a while in RL. Someone that I only met on the internet? Go away.
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    leongrado , August 6, 2012 2:12 PM
    I gave 2 accounts (as well as Email accounts) to use for crap like Spotify and Scribd that require you to link a FB account to the service. I don't want to deal with all the spam on my real FB account.
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    xerroz , August 6, 2012 2:35 PM
    8.7%? I'd say it has to be at least two or three times that
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    igot1forya , August 6, 2012 2:46 PM
    Prior to closing my REAL Facebook account due to the huge time-suck that is Facebook, I had no less than 800 accounts (yes, eight-hundred) to boost my stats in the few Facebook games I played. Pretty easy to do when you if you set up your own mail server.
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    burmese_dude , August 6, 2012 2:59 PM
    I knew it was too good to be true, when a Nigerian supposedly "prince" befriended me on Facebook saying, I'm his cousin and I'm entitled to 10 million dollars, even though I'm 100% Asian.
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    Xenturion , August 6, 2012 3:16 PM
    Damn, burmese_dude, that guy really gets around. Persistent, some would say.
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