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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.

"This is about the Internet.  Everything on the Internet is encrypted. This is not a BlackBerry-only issue. If they can't deal with the Internet, they should shut it off." -- RIM co-CEO Michael Lazaridis

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