Popular social networking platform Facebook seems to be inflicted by the increasing number of fake accounts that is being generated on the network. Facebook is planning to counter this issue by introducing new methods for user verification. Facebook currently has a user base of 800 million spread across different parts of the globe.
According to statistics from Facebook, 8.7 percent of its total user base counting around 83 million is fake accounts. 4.8 percent of these are duplicate accounts, 2.4 percent being user misclassified and the remaining 1.5 percent of accounts undesirable. Facebook has already started taking further measures to ensure that this number doesn’t increase.
Pavan Varma, Business Manager with Facebook India stated that Facebook is making huge efforts to reduce the magnanimous number of fake accounts that are currently active in the website and also to prevent misuse of identities of similar fashion. He also added that in case a doubtful account is found, Facebook might ask the user to provide identification details. The official also mentioned that accounts using generic names instead of real names, accounts using images of celebrities/characters/animated pictures as display pictures and accounts without enough number of friends will come under the scrutiny of the company.
Facebook has also raised concern on the increasing number of malware attacks that has been affecting the site recently. There are scripts being generated to increase the number of friends and likes in the social networking platform. All of these supposedly have a negative effect on the user experience delivered by Facebook. As an effort to fight this scenario, Facebook has already facilitated verification of accounts with phone numbers. Users also have the option to report fake accounts if they encounter one.