83 million accounts fake, says Facebook

Aug 03, 2012, 12:56 IST | Agencies

Facebook said that its user count has touched 955 million, however over 83 million of those accounts are fake.

Spurred by growth in Brazil, India, and Indonesia, Facebook increased its user count to 955 million, but the popular social network said over 83 million of them were fake accounts.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg (Pic-AFP)

Facebook said it had 59 million monthly active users in India as of June 30, 2012, an increase of 84 percent compared to the same period in 2011.

In an updated regulatory filing released Wednesday, Facebook said users in Brazil, India, and Indonesia represented key sources of growth in the second quarter of 2012 leading to an increase of 29 percent in its monthly active users over 2011.

The company said that 8.7 percent of its 955 million monthly active users worldwide are actually duplicate or false accounts, but did not say how many of them were in India.

"We believe the percentage of accounts that are duplicate or false is meaningfully lower in developed markets such as the United States or Australia and higher in developing markets such as Indonesia and Turkey," the company said in the filing. 

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