Facebook Disabled 2.19 billion Fake Accounts in 2019
For the fourth quarter of 2018 and the first quarter of 2019, Facebook released its third Community Standards Enforcement Report. The report revealed that in the first quarter of 2019, the social media giant dropped 2.19 billion fake accounts.
While in the last quarter of 2018, 1.2 billion fake accounts were disabled. Current active monthly users of Facebook are worth 2.38 billion. The company believes, however, that 5 percent of its active monthly accounts are fake.
“The number of accounts we have taken action to increase due to automated attacks by bad actors trying to create large volumes of accounts at once,” Facebook said in a blog post.
The company’s approach to fake accounts uses three different ways. It blocks the creation of accounts, removes them when they sign up, and after checking them, removes existing accounts.
The report also includes data on restored appeals and content along with data on regulated goods, i.e. attempts to sell regulated goods, such as drugs and firearm sales, illegally.
In its policy areas, Facebook considers this content to be malicious. These include spam, adult nudity, and sexual activity, hate speech, harassment and bullying, violence and graphic content, regulated goods (drugs and firearms), terrorist propaganda, child nudity, and child sexual exploitation.
The company further notes in the report that the proactive identification of hate speech has made progress. In Q1 2019, 65% of hate speech content was successfully detected, which was 59% in Q4 2018.