Facebook admits to nearly as many fake or clone accounts as the U.S. population

Facebook admits to nearly as many fake or clone accounts as the U.S. population

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Amid the distraction of Facebook’s blockbuster earnings this week, the company quietly admitted to hosting more phony accounts than previously revealed.  

The social network upped its estimate of the portion of fake accounts from 2 to 3 percent and the number of duplicates from 6 to 10 percent, Business Insider first reported.

That means that as many as 270 million of the platform’s 2.1-billion-strong user base could be fraudulent — a population verging on the size of the United States. 

Facebook said the change was due to better tools for tracking illegitimate activity rather than a sudden spike in fishy sign-ups.   Read more…

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Source: Mashable | Facebook admits to nearly as many fake or clone accounts as the U.S. population

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