Anyone that has ever used Facebook, sometimes just has to wonder...? How many user accounts are duplicates or fake? Turns out the social media giant reported that over 83 million Facebook accounts are deemed to be duplicate or fakes in a report filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on Wednesday.
Within the filing, Facebook had mentioned that there are “inherent challenges in measuring usage of our products across large online and mobile populations around the world.”
Within the 10-Q statement, Facebook had reported that 8.7% or 83 million of its 955 million active accounts are either duplicates or 'bogus. This is a substantial increase than what Facebook had reported in earlier in March of this year, when it was estimated to be about 5 to 6 percent.
Facebook stated that there already people who maintain more that one Facebook account which is a violation of it term of service. Facebook estimates that duplicate accounts represent about 4.8% of its 955 million monthly active users as of June 30, which amounts to about 45.84 million accounts.
The Baltimore Sun reported, that Facebook will also seek to identify the "false"accounts, which can be divided into two categories: user-misclassified accounts (such as personal profiles for pets or businesses) or undesirable accounts, which represent user profiles that appear to be intended for improper uses (such as spamming).
*** The HTL Newsroom did not have to look very far, to guesstimate that the reported numbers of duplicate Facebook accounts, or more than one account per user may not be accurately represented.