Facebook Admits To Millions Of Fake Profiles Floating Around On Its Social Network
Aug 03, 2012 11:03
Fake Facebook profiles are incredibly common. How common? Try 83 million common. The not-quite-surprising stats were revealed in the company's
first quarterly report to investors. FYI: Facebook stock is currently worth about
20 bucks a pop on the market, which down from a $38 initial offering price.
According to The Guardian, Facebook admitted that at least 8.7% of the massive social network's users aren't actually people. These fake profiles belong to people's pets, duplicate profiles, miscategorized pages for businesses and other non-human entities. And the best part is that 14 million accounts exist solely to spam other real people.
So the next time some you receive some weird random "friend" request, you're better off just ignoring it. In response to all these fakers spamming real users, chief security officer Joe Sullivan had this to say to CNN:
On Facebook we have a really large commitment in general to finding and disabling false accounts. Our entire platform is based on people using their real identities.