Facebook Reports 8.7 Percent of Active User Accounts are Fake
August 2, 2012 9:23 PM
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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
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.
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.
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8/2/2012 11:23:39 PM
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
8/3/2012 12:03:25 AM
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
8/3/2012 5:29:33 PM
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.
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