Facebook hits one billion users, not counting fake accounts

Facebook logoFacebook has done the totally thinkable: it now counts 1 billion accounts in its user base, as reported to NBC's Today Thursday. This count presumably doesn't include the substantial population of fake accounts, which constituted about 8.7 percent of users as of early August.

Facebook's growth has been steady for the last couple of years, with 955 million active users in August. Fake and spam accounts had ballooned over the last few months, going from between 42.25 million and 50.7 million in March to 83.09 million in August.

The company began a serious crackdown on Fauxbook accounts last week, evidenced by losses in page "likes" by entities including Shakira and Zynga's Texas Hold'em Poker. Facebook did not comment on the effect the purge had on the percentage makeup of fake accounts, but it apparently didn't slow growth much. If 8.7 percent of fake accounts held steady, there are 95 million impostors on Facebook by now.

To put that billion in perspective, that's the entire estimated population of the world in 1800, or more than the combined current populations of the US, Indonesia, Brazil, and Pakistan. Less than nine years ago, no one was on Facebook; now, more than one in seven people in the world are.

Source: Ars Technica

Tags: Facebook, social networks

Comments
Add comment

Your name:
Sign in with:
or
Your comment:


Enter code:

E-mail (not required)
E-mail will not be disclosed to the third party


Last news

 
Google is expanding the Pixel 3’s eSIM support to a few new countries
 
They are teaming up to create a digital identity solution to help protect consumers across the shopping
 
Qualcomm Technologies has shown on the path to commercialization of 5G
 
The move would further cement the desktop browser monoculture
 
The new OLEDs will be on display at CES 2019 in Las Vegas early next year
 
You can use a security key instead of having a code sent to your phone
 
Google's other mobile SDK is deemed ready for prime time
 
A new security protocol replacing the aging WPA2
The Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) Review
The evolution of the successful smartphone, now with a waterproof body and USB Type-C
February 7, 2017 /
Samsung Galaxy TabPro S - a tablet with the Windows-keyboard
The first Windows-tablet with the 12-inch display Super AMOLED
June 7, 2016 /
Keyboards for iOS
Ten iOS keyboards review
July 18, 2015 /
Samsung E1200 Mobile Phone Review
A cheap phone with a good screen
March 8, 2015 / 4
Creative Sound Blaster Z sound card review
Good sound for those who are not satisfied with the onboard solution
September 25, 2014 / 2
Samsung Galaxy Gear: Smartwatch at High Price
The first smartwatch from Samsung - almost a smartphone with a small body
December 19, 2013 /
 
 

News Archive

 
 
SuMoTuWeThFrSa
      1
2345678
9101112131415
16171819202122
23242526272829
3031     




Poll

Do you use microSD card with your phone?
or leave your own version in comments (11)