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Facebook Estimates Around 10% of Accounts Are Fake 140

An anonymous reader writes "Last week, during its fourth-quarter earnings report, Facebook revealed it had 1.23 billion monthly active users, 757 million daily active users, 945 million monthly active mobile users, and 556 million daily active mobile users. In its 10-K filing published on the weekend, the company estimated that in 2013, between 5.5 percent and 11.2 percent of these users were fake." Another anonymous reader sent in a link to a recent interview where Mark Zuckerberg appears more pragmatic in his opinions about forcing real identities online: "Former Facebook employees say identity and anonymity have always been topics of heated debate in the company. Now Zuckerberg seems eager to relax his old orthodoxies. 'I don’t know if the balance has swung too far, but I definitely think we’re at the point where we don’t need to keep on only doing real identity things,' he says. 'If you’re always under the pressure of real identity, I think that is somewhat of a burden.'"
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Facebook Estimates Around 10% of Accounts Are Fake

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  • by sg_oneill ( 159032 ) on Monday February 03, 2014 @08:09PM (#46145909)

    Yeah sometimes its necessary. A friend of mine has been stalked by a Neo Nazi gang for some time after she spoke out somewhere about racism. Death threats, and so on (Neo nazis are one of the nastiest organized crime things I've ever seen!). She has *very good* reason to want to be anonymous and use a fake name on facebook only known to family and close friends.

    Its *dangerous* to force real identities on people.

  • Re:For Testing (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Threni ( 635302 ) on Monday February 03, 2014 @08:18PM (#46145957)

    What's a fake account? I have a regular one, for everyone, then I have one for competitions and the like, where you have to `like` something to enter. Clearly I'm not going to do this on my normal account because it'll spam all my contacts and I'll look like a twat. What do they expect you to do? But it's not "fake" - it's got my name on it (sort of). I do the same for Twitter, but I don't recall having to pretend that my second (or my first, come to that) Twitter account was "mine".

  • Define "fake" (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Trogre ( 513942 ) on Monday February 03, 2014 @08:19PM (#46145965) Homepage

    If I put up a Facebook page for my cat, is that considered a fake account? No fake identities have been used, though perhaps the T&S require all users to be human.

    What about people who have two FB profiles - eg one filled with gaming apps and all the crap that comes along with it, and the other for socialising?

  • Other than someone involved with marketing/sales or social media/web related, what job requires a FB account?

    One with an employer whose HR department decided that Facebook abstainers are suspicious []. Or in a small business where everybody has to pitch in on the social marketing.

  • Identity? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by niw3 ( 1029008 ) on Monday February 03, 2014 @11:14PM (#46146937)
    My wife's account with her real name closed arbitrarily by facebook together with her somewhat popular pages and groups. Reason: fake account. She scanned and sent her id and everything. Only response from facebook says this decision is final and cannot be reversed. So I am saying, fuck your policies Mark.

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