According to a 10-Q filing this week, Facebook acknowledged that it has about as many fake profiles as Egypt has people. A whopping 83 million!
That equals 8.7% of their total accounts. Of that 8.7%, 4.8% are duplicate accounts, 2.4% are user-misclassified accounts, and 1.5% are “undesirable” accounts (AKA horrid spam). In addition to those figures, the company admits to having to ban at least 20,000 accounts per day and estimates roughly 600,000 profiles are hacked daily. Geez, time to update the old password huh?
This number is a little higher than Facebook predicted it was just a few months ago. Back in March, Facebook claimed that just 5-6% of its accounts (40.3-50.7 million) were bogus.
What does this mean? It means Facebook’s claim that their network boats 955 million users is really more like 872 million. It also means that we all need to go outside more.