Facebook Confession: Nearly 9 Percent of Our Accounts are Bogus - HotHardware
Facebook Confession: Nearly 9 Percent of Our Accounts are Bogus

Facebook Confession: Nearly 9 Percent of Our Accounts are Bogus

In what should come as a surprise to absolutely no one who has ever used Facebook or is even slightly familiar with the Internet, there are a lot of liars on the world's most popular social playground. Millions, in fact. According to the company's 10-K filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Facebook contains as many as 83 million "false" accounts.

Not all of those are outright fakes, or "undesirable accounts" intended to violate the company's terms of services (like spammers). Facebook also counts "false" accounts as those "where users have created personal profiles for a business, organization, or non-human entity such as a pet." Such accounts are permitted on Facebook, but only when creating them as a Page, not a personal profile. Throw duplicate accounts into the mix and the total percentage of bogus or mis-created accounts rises to 8.7 percent, or more than 83 million users.

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That's a lot of accounts running amok on Facebook, disrupting its advertising efforts. Zuckerberg and company claimed the service was home to 955 million monthly active users as of June 30, 2012, but that number drops to around 872 million if you deduct the more than 83 million fake/false ones.
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Considering the known lack of security and respect for the privacy of Facebook users, starting with Mr. Zuckerberg at the top of the organization, one would be foolish to post personal information on the site. That presents one with the choice of using a real profile with little or no personal information or a fictitious profile with lots of fictitious information.

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You mean the super freaky 19 year old playboy bunny that lives down the street from me might not be real, awww man way to ruin the dream Paul :(

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Yeah there are personas all over the place and I notice one thing predominately (especially with anyone who plays game on there) there Picture is not them it is some half naked often large breasted woman in a bathing suit or Lingerie. While there ares some real ones with pics that are also real there numbers are VERY slim compared.

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Oh and Karanm that is especially true if her name is steve, brad, harry, robert etc.

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Rapid, i dont understand the issue. We both know the closest Karanm will ever get to a hot girl is looking at a facebook picture, why ruin that dream? as far as he knows Super Freaky 19 does exist and might be his girlfriend.

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Oh man that one was a lil below the belt, literally lol.

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Well I know that I've contributed at least one account into those 83 million false accounts. I had to make another one for the undesirables who would take offense to not adding them, e.g annoying co-workers.

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