India Leads In fake, Duplicate Facebook Accounts
New York: An estimated 14.3 crore accounts on the popular social networking site Facebook may be false or duplicate, with a major chunk of them coming from developing markets like India and Turkey.
Facebook, which boasts of 119 crore accounts globally, in a US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filing said it estimates up to 7.9 percent accounts being duplicate, and up to 2.1 percent and up to 1.2 percent accounts being user-misclassified and un-desirable, respectively.
"We believe the percentage of accounts that are duplicate or false is meaningfully lower in developed markets such as the US or the UK and higher in developing markets such as India and Turkey," Facebook today said in a SEC filing.
The social networking giant said its monthly active users (MAUs) stood at 1.19 billion by September 30, 2013.
MAUs are registered Facebook users who log in and visit the site through the website or a mobile device or take an action to share content or activity with Facebook friends or connections via a third-party website that is integrated with Facebook in the last 30 days as of the date of measurement.
The filing further said: "We estimate, for example, that duplicate accounts may have represented between approximately 4.3-7.9 percent of our worldwide MAUs during the nine months ended September 30, 2013."
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