Facebook, the world’s largest social network with over 955 million active users divided the fake accounts into three categories – duplicate, misclassifed and undesirable accounts, in its most recent quarterly report.
It was in this report, that the social networking firm confirmed that it has 45.8 duplicate accounts. Duplicate accounts are multiple accounts that are created by the users, but are not maintained properly.
Facebook also confirmed that it has 22.9 million misclassified accounts. These are accounts set for groups, companies or pets. The social media company allows these accounts; however, it insists that they should be created like pages rather than profiles.
Finally, the report claims that Facebook has 14.3 million undesirable accounts, which were setup to violate the terms and conditions of Facebook itself (involving activities like spamming).
Summarizing on the figures involved in the report, there are 83.09 fake accounts (all the three categories) of the total 955 million users on the social network, accounting to 8.7% of the total.
The statement made by Facebook on the report says:
“these estimates are based on an internal review of a limited sample of accounts and we apply significant judgment in making this determination, such as identifying names that appear to be fake or other behavior that appears inauthentic to the reviewers,”
If you are using a second profile just for the sake of logging in to other sites or to promote your online presence, your account will also be one in the 83.09 million fake accounts.
Facebook will disable the false accounts that it finds and will wipe all the details from the public view. However, it will not delete the account from the servers for safety and security purposes. The user cannot access any of the content like photos, videos and posts, claims the firm.
If your account gets shut down, you cannot create a new one without the company’s permission.