In a recent report analysis it has been estimated that around 14.3 crore accounts on the popular social networking site Facebook is fake or duplicate. Majority of these accounts belong to developing markets like India and Turkey.
In a US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filing, Facebook that has around 119 crore accounts globally said that around 7.9 percent accounts may be duplicate, and up to 2.1 percent and up to 1.2 percent accounts may be 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,” said Facebook in a SEC filing.
The social networking giant also revealed that 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 considered of the date of measurement.
The filing concluded by saying, “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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