If you have used Facebook, then you already know that creating an account on the social network is significantly easy. While some user create their accounts for their pets or similar purposes, most of the times people use fake accounts to spread fake news as well as misinformation. Recently, the social networking giant has revealed that fake or duplicate accounts make up about 10 percent of the social network’s monthly active users.
The latest news comes thanks to the social networking giant’s latest annual report. The company noted, “In the fourth quarter of 2017, we estimate that duplicate accounts may have represented approximately 10 percent of our worldwide MAUs (Monthly Active Users). We believe the percentage of duplicate accounts is meaningfully higher in developing markets such as India, Indonesia, and the Philippines, as compared to more developed markets.”
While the company didn’t give out exact number, earlier it boasted that the social network has a total of 2.13 billion monthly active users. As a result, 10 percent of the total number means over 200 million fake accounts. However, given that it is pretty difficult to figure out a fake account, the actual number of fake accounts on the social networking platform might be higher than the reported figure.