Facebook Disabled Nearly 1.3 BILLION Fake Accounts in 6 Months

Real Mark Zuckerberg onstage with fake Mark Zuckerberg (Justin Sullivan / Getty)
Real Mark Zuckerberg onstage with fake Mark Zuckerberg (Justin Sullivan / Getty)

Facebook disabled nearly 1.3 billion “fake” accounts over the past two quarters, many of them bots “with the intent of spreading spam or conducting illicit activities such as scams,” the company said on Monday.

Facebook disabled 583 million accounts in Q1 2018, down from 694 million accounts in Q4 of last year, a decrease the company attributes to its “variability of our detection technology’s ability to find and flag them.”

Most of the accounts “were disabled within minutes of registration,” Facebook claimed in a blog post, but Facebook doesn’t catch all fake accounts. The company estimates that 3 percent to 4 percent of its monthly active users are “fake,” up from 2 percent to 3 percent in Q3 of 2017, according to filings documents.

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SOURCE: Kurt Wagner and Rani Molla 
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