Nearly 9 percent of Facebook’s 955 million active users may be “fakes”, the social media site revealed in a filing this week, according Slate.
Fake profiles fall into one of three categories- the largest portion, 4.8 percent of all users, are duplicate profiles. Some 2.4 percent are user-misclassified accounts like personal accounts for a business, or that profile kept for your friend’s dog. The remaining fakes are classified as “undesirable,” mainly malicious accounts used for spamming,
In March, Facebook estimated that that between 5 and 6 percent of user profiles were fake. On a daily basis, some 600,000 accounts are compromised, and 20,000 are banned by the company.
The high numbers of fakes may have some implications for Facebook’s advertisers, the report adds.