Facebook admits that 83m of its accounts are fake

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Computerworld UK

LONDON – Facebook has admitted that more than 83 million accounts on its social network may be fake, representing 8.7 percent of its 955 million active users. In documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) earlier this week, Facebook divided fake profiles into three categories: “duplicate”, user-misclassified” and “undesirable”.

A duplicate is “an account that a user maintains in addition to his or her principal account,” user-misclassified accounts are those created for “a business, organisation, or non-human entity such as a pet,” and undesirable accounts are those deemed to be in breach of Facebook’s terms of service.

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