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Maybe you have just one Facebook account. But there are people around the world who opened multiple Facebook accounts for the heck of it; or for some undefined purposes. Facebook is now paying attention because quite simply it impinges on their revenue-per-user estimates. It is now also a publicly traded company.

In a recent regulatory filing that is mandated every quarter by the United States Federal Securities and Exchange Commission, Facebook said that nearly 8.7% of its accounts – approximately 83 million – could be classified as false accounts.

The 83 million fake accounts can be further broken down. Facebook calculates that 45.8 million users are duplicate accounts and 2.4% could be wrong classifications by users, i.e. they are personal profiles that someone made for companies, groups, or pets. The company says those should actually be pages and be converted without loss of information. The last 1.5% are usually undesirable accounts, which are created for spam.

Facebook’s terms of service clearly states the requirement to use real names and information with the single account that a user is allowed to create. Under-13 minors are also barred from using Facebook.

The implications for a user are manifold. A Facebook crackdown on multiple accounts could be good in the long run, as it would deter stalkers who open multiple profiles under assumed names. If you have opened a second Facebook account, even for innocuous reasons, it’s time to take a second look. If Facebook disables your account you can’t create a new one without permission from the company.


Source: CNN Tech

  1. makeuseoffan
    August 8, 2012 at 10:53 pm

    So many fake accounts, according to the latest 10-Q form filed on July 30th,

    Facebook is facing the real challenge not disclosed in its IPO filing. Slow user grower rate, ineffective Ads, lot of fake users, and even robot clicks!. You should read its filing from top to bottom, and you may think - will it be another myspace?

    • Saikat Basu
      August 9, 2012 at 12:16 pm

      That's a clear and present danger with every social media out there - fake accounts. The percentage on FB will be more for the simple reason, you have more people using it. A lot of networks like LinkedIn have almost grown unnoticed but FB cannot because it so much in our face.The good thing about FB is that it is still 'relatively' clutter-free unlike MySpace which resembled an online collage of billboards.

  2. Nart Barileva
    August 6, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    I know people who have over 5 account just for themselves lol

  3. Lavender
    August 6, 2012 at 4:27 pm

    Why would someone create an account for a pet? "Because they're stupid!" Yeah, right. How 'bout: because they're unaware of sites like "fake name generator dot com"? Some of us just don't want to share anything about ourselves online with a bunch of people we don't know, any of whom could be anything from malicious bullies to malignant, murderous stalkers.

    And with all the "anti-terrorist" (read: anti-American-people) "laws" passed, if you think the NSA and DHS isn't monitoring all these "social networking" sites, YOU'RE the one who's "stupid".

    Really, the reason why we now have to log into just about anything and everything using either google, yahoo or facebook is for OUR convenience, and not so officialdom can keep track of everything we do?! Uh huh. And I got some beach front property in Arizona for sale, and I'm sure people who believe social networking is about us, and not about monitoring the citizenry, will line up to buy.

  4. Andreas
    August 6, 2012 at 9:52 am

    I have a second account for sweepstakes. Most of them require to share something publicly, and I don't want to annoy my friends with all the advertising...

    • Saikat Basu
      August 6, 2012 at 11:06 am

      That's a good enough use. Now, it depends on the kind of scanning Facebook does or is doing when it comes to differentiating the accounts.

  5. Mart Küng
    August 6, 2012 at 7:00 am

    Why would you create a account for their pet?

    • opetmar
      August 6, 2012 at 9:05 am

      i don't know, there are a lot of stupid people around the world

      • Mila Kun
        August 6, 2012 at 1:00 pm

        Hey! I know a cat that started a relationship with a female cat thanks to Facebook!

  6. Jon Smith
    August 6, 2012 at 4:46 am

    I know a friend's daughter who has a facebook account for her dog

    • Saikat Basu
      August 6, 2012 at 5:20 am

      A lot of us have...even innocuous ones which we opened with other email IDs and then left them to stagnate.

  7. MerVzter Balacuit
    August 5, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    friendster time :)

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