Facebook Deletes 583 Million Fake Accounts in the First Quarter of 2018
Facebook (FB) is cleaning house. According to the company’s inaugural Community Standards Enforcement Report, Facebook deleted 583 million fake accounts between January and March of 2018. The decision to begin publishing its enforcement numbers comes amidst mounting public and government scrutiny of the company’s transparency issues and data misusage.
In its report summary, Facebook highlights its approach to limiting spam and misinformation on its platform:
The key to fighting spam is taking down the fake accounts that spread it. In Q1, we disabled about 583 million fake accounts — most of which were disabled within minutes of registration. This is in addition to the millions of fake account attempts we prevent daily from ever registering with Facebook. Overall, we estimate that around 3 to 4% of the active Facebook accounts on the site during this time period were still fake.
Also included in the report is data on Facebook’s crackdown on inappropriate and illicit activities, including content related to graphic violence, sexuality, terrorist propaganda, hate speech and general spam.
It’s been a big past few weeks for Facebook. Earlier this month, the company conducted a massive internal executive reorganization where it announced the creation of its first-ever blockchain group. Additionally, just last week, Facebook insiders revealed that the company is serious about launching its own cryptocurrency.
Facebook also recently announced the addition of two new features, including the long-awaited downvote button, and an in-app dating service to rival Tinder.