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That is a total of about 83 million of its 955 million active users

Facebook has determined thaabs sizable portion of its user accounts are fake, which could shine a bit of bad light on the company's total number of monthly active users.

Currently, Facebook has 955 million active Facebook users. Of this total, nearly 8.7 percent (83 million) are fake accounts.

The fake accounts were further categorized into three groups, including duplicates, user misclassified and undesirable accounts.

Duplicates, meaning a user has two accounts for one person, equates to about 4.8 percent of fake monthly active users. Misclassifieds, meaning users create personal accounts for businesses or organizations, account for 2.4 percent of the fake accounts, and undesirables, or those that breach Facebook's terms of agreement, account for 1.5 percent of fake active users.

Facebook recently shared its 10-Q SEC document, which showed that Facebook only grew 10 percent to 168 million in the United States last year, where the global average is 29 percent. The document also revealed that users are leaning more toward mobile use rather than desktop PC use when accessing Facebook. The number of users that accessed Facebook by mobile device increased 23 percent since March 2012. There were 83 million mobile users in March and 102 million mobile users in June.

What does this mean exactly? It means that Facebook better get more serious about mobile -- especially in the advertising sector -- if it wants to make any ad revenue. Last year, Facebook had $3.15 billion in total advertising sales, but none of this came from ads on mobile devices. The social giant is expected to release its own smartphone in mid-2013.

Facebook also recently posted its first financial earnings report since going public in May 2012, where it failed to impress investors with a net loss of $157 million (8 cents per share). This was likely due to the $1.3 billion the company paid in compensation regarding stock-based pay after the initial public offering (IPO) in May. However, Facebook posted $1.18 billion in Q2 2012 revenues, which was a 32 percent jump from Q2 2011. This figure modestly passed analyst expectations of $1.15 billion in revenues.

Source: ValueWalk

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it's a fake
By Chris Oregon on 8/2/2012 10:25:49 PM , Rating: 2
What they don't tell you is that there are many of these fake accounts started by folks that did so under innocent circumstances. Does anyone really read all the pages of rules and regulations? So you have a Facebook account under a false name, you have tons of friends who know you by both your fake and real name and you worry one day Facebook is just going to turn off the lights and make your profile go down. Do they give anyone the option to fix this? You wonder how many of the fake accounts would make the change if offered a way to keep their profile and friends.
If Facebook would offer a way for these folks to fix the problem many would.

RE: it's a fake
By xti on 8/2/2012 11:41:46 PM , Rating: 3
you put way too much thought into it.

fake accounts are so the wife doesnt find it.

RE: it's a fake
By othercents on 8/3/2012 8:32:13 AM , Rating: 2
You mean my Facebook Girlfriend is fake??? Maybe it is someone's wife.

RE: it's a fake
By laok on 8/3/2012 8:52:22 AM , Rating: 5
Maybe it is someone's husband.

RE: it's a fake
By spamreader1 on 8/6/2012 9:51:52 AM , Rating: 2
I know a few people that have 100's of fake accounts just to play stupid zynga games.

RE: it's a fake
By overlandpark4me on 8/7/2012 9:51:11 PM , Rating: 2
and so if you say something your boss doesn't like, you won't get fired for it, or see what happens to your promotion.

RE: it's a fake
By Nortel on 8/3/2012 10:05:34 AM , Rating: 2
1) How do you report fake accounts to Facebook

2) How can FB possibly prove if I create an account with a fake name that I am not actually Jim Jones.

RE: it's a fake
By mindless1 on 8/4/2012 2:27:53 PM , Rating: 2
Actually you have it backwards. They can just suspend the account then you have to prove you are who you claim to be.

RE: it's a fake
By tecknurd on 8/3/2012 9:56:29 PM , Rating: 2
A lot of people are still computer illiterate. People might make a few accounts because they do not know what their log in name is or what password they entered. Also some people have multiple e-mail accounts because they do not know how to log in to those. Facebook have to expect idiots are coming to their site to use it for a few minutes and leave the account hanging around forever.

Facebook should look into requiring photo verification that is legit. That will make Facebook require a fee because Facebook have to verify the photo ID and sometimes manually help the idiots out. No offense to those idiots, but there is just too many idiots out there.

Does anyone really read all the pages of rules and regulations?

I did, but I delete my Facebook account (I hope Facebook delete it) a long time ago. My reason why I delete my Facebook account is there is no security. Facebook can use your information by selling it. Facebook is free for a reason, they sell your information. The ads that Facebook shows is not enough for Facebook to be free.

Do they give anyone the option to fix this?

When there is idiots, then there are many accounts under the same name. Facebook does not verify your full name as being legit. Facebook just require you to have an e-mail account. Each account have to have a different e-mail account. Since anybody can have infinite e-mail accounts, there will be a lot of accounts.

By fredgiblet on 8/2/2012 10:12:19 PM , Rating: 5
>Facebook has determined thaabs sizable portion of its user accounts are fake
>Facebook has determined thaabs sizable portion
>thaabs sizable portion


RE: ?
By whitt107 on 8/2/2012 11:12:30 PM , Rating: 2
I have determined thaabs 8.7% of that sentence does not make sense.

RE: ?
By rm19 on 8/4/2012 12:23:43 AM , Rating: 2
thaabs just wrong

Well then
By geddarkstorm on 8/2/2012 9:49:51 PM , Rating: 5
In the words of the late Senator Vreenak... It's a faaaaaaaake.

RE: Well then
By EJ257 on 8/6/2012 3:59:05 PM , Rating: 2
Don't worry. After they recover the data rod from the wreckage, any imperfection will attributed to the explosion.

Fools Folly
By FakerFaker on 8/2/2012 11:23:39 PM , Rating: 2
yes... I have two facebook accounts, one private for friends, one public for political commentary. And no, I don't understand why ANYONE is so foolish as to put real info in data fields exposed to the public.
And if facebook objects, I'd point out that when the CIA wanted to do what facebook does, Congress shut them down as a gross intrusion on privacy.

I call "facebook" by it's true name: FARCEOOK!

I believe it is a CIA plot to circumvent the intent of Congress by creating a "front" company that uses social engineering to trick hundred of millions of individuals to submit personal data, including family trees, pictures and a vast array of associations.... IN THE CLEAR for easy data mining by intelligence communities and "big brother" governments all around the world.

Naw... I'm not serious! The government fails at all it attempts, and facebook has succeeded so brilliantly, it could not possibly be a CIA plot... or could it?

RE: Fools Folly
By FakeAccount on 8/3/2012 12:03:25 AM , Rating: 2
A good friend of mine is an assistant U.S. attorney. It's hilarious how many people have been convicted due to nothing more than the moronic info they just couldn't keep themselves from sharing with their Facebook friends.

Facebook is exponentially more valuable to law enforcement than even DNA evidence.

RE: Fools Folly
By gorehound on 8/3/2012 5:29:33 PM , Rating: 2
Lots of stupid people do stupid things and post it to their FB.
Everything I post there is stuff you would of known like News Stories.
Nothing that is really private goes on there.

This just in...
By inperfectdarkness on 8/3/2012 1:26:31 AM , Rating: 3
8.7% of the US population doesn't care, because it will never use facebook.

RE: This just in...
By Rookierookie on 8/3/2012 8:29:28 AM , Rating: 3
While only 8.7% of facebook accounts are fake, 87% of what people post on facebook are also fake.

Fake is actually my name
By FakeAccount on 8/2/2012 11:41:57 PM , Rating: 3
I don't have a Facebook account. But if I did, it would absolutely be a Fake account.

By rudder on 8/3/2012 8:04:56 AM , Rating: 3
As more and more sights require facebook logins to post comments... expect the number of fake accounts to rise.

Not so fake yet.
By beancube2010 on 8/2/2012 10:19:24 PM , Rating: 2
We play with each other with alias.
Should we deem privacy of our alias human rights in UN yet?
We all deserve protections against predatory proprietary corporations as well as govt agencies penetrating our privacy.

By WinstonSmith on 8/3/2012 8:36:45 AM , Rating: 2
"Facebook has determined"

And after reading that preface one realizes that the actual figure is most likely multiple times the figure they "determined" for the same reason that they "can't corroborate " this easily detected practice:

Facebook Detectives Can’t Corroborate Claims of Clicky Robots


[Facebook user] Limited Run built what it called “a page logger” to track all page loads. This last piece of software provided evidence to fully convince the company that “80% of clicks we were paying [Facebook] for were from bots”

over 20% are duplicates
By tharik on 8/3/2012 1:26:24 PM , Rating: 2
there are probably over 20% that are duplicates, people having multiple accounts

By Ammohunt on 8/3/2012 2:59:58 PM , Rating: 2
This is just a marketing gimmick designed to subtlety announce their new endeavour

makes you wonder...
By tamalero on 8/5/2012 3:20:17 PM , Rating: 2
you know, this makes me wonder if its more like a business and control position rather than just security.
with fake users, they cannot guess who the user is and if sell the information to gain money.

they hate anonymity as they sell personal information to everyone.

I have a fake one
By overlandpark4me on 8/7/2012 9:48:06 PM , Rating: 2
FB is to blame. You can't view anything without an account, and I'm not giving these ding dongs a thing. Wait for some case when someone says something they believe in and are killed for it. FB is on it's way out. Don't believe me? How fast did MySpace implode? I'm pretty sure no one thought it was possible for that to happen a few years ago. The kids are over at Twitter, and it's more of an adult thing at FB now, which isn't how Zucky had it pictured. It's fine though. He cashed in, and now the stock sits at 20, and the suckers who bought it lost billions.

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