Facebook has released statistics showing that it believes there are more than 83 million fake accounts on its social network.
Some 8.7% of the site’s 955 million users are believed to be bogus, according to documents that the company filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) earlier this week.
According to Facebook, the biggest proportion of the bogus accounts (4.8% of all accounts on the network) belong to users who maintain duplicate accounts.
Why might you want to have more than one account? Well, I know a primary school teacher who doesn’t want her pupils to see what she gets up to socially (and the drunken pictures her friends might post of her at wild parties) and so she maintains one “professional” account (under her real name) and another “personal” account under a nickname.
Of course, such behaviour (the…
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