Facebook Has Already Removed Half A Billion Fake Accounts In 2018

Facebook is definitely making moves against fake news and fake accounts on its platform. Facebook’s vice president of product management, Guy Rosen, announced this week that they’ve removed over 583 million fake accounts in the first quarter of 2018!

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On average, around 6.5 million fake accounts were created every day between the beginning of 2018 and March 31. Luckily, Rosen notes that the majority of these spam accounts were disabled within just minutes of registration. This is largely thanks to Facebook’s artificial intelligence tools, which relieve humans of the burden of combing through the site to find the bots. That said, while A.I. is obviously useful, it’s not entirely foolproof. Facebook still estimates that between 3 and 4 percent of Facebook accounts are not real. That means that with 2.2 billion users, around 66 million of those accounts are fake.

Rosen also says Facebook has found and deleted over 800 million spam posts in the first quarter of this year most of which were found before being reported by users.

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