83 Million Facebook Users Are Fake, The Negative Impact On User Experience:
Looking to grow your network on Facebook? Beware of fake friends. No, not fake friends as in haters or people in your network that are ‘frienemies’ – people that befriend you but actually don’t like you. Fake friends are actually rampant on Facebook. Almost 1 out of every 10 people on Facebook aren’t really possible friends. Facebook just revealed that 83 million of its over 955 million users aren’t real. That’s 8.7 percent.
The data was disclosed in a Q-10 filing in March 2012 but estimates were that the number was originally 50 million. This is akin to the Myspace days when growth was so enormous that the spammers got a hold of the site and used it to their advantage. They had increased incentives with each new profile created.
Here is the breakdown for how many accounts on Facebook are fake:
- 4.8% being duplicate accounts,
- 2.4% are user-misclassified accounts
- 1.5% are “undesirable” accounts, or “spam.”
- daily banned accounts – 20,000
- compromised accounts – 600,000 daily