FB removed more than 15 Bn fake accounts in two years
As the world's largest social networking site, Facebook has seen a significant increase in user growth over the last few years. Hundreds of millions of people have joined its social media platform to communicate, stay current on trends, and promote business, particularly in the aftermath of the pandemic. Although most countries have relaxed COVID-19 restrictions, Facebook's active user base continues to grow, as does the number of fake accounts.
According to Stock Apps data, the social media giant has deleted over 15 billion fake accounts in the last two years, five times the number of active users.
Three Billion Fake Accounts Will Be Deleted in the First Half of 2021, 20x the Number of New Active Users.
Scammers create fictitious Facebook profiles in order to connect with users, obtain their personal information, and steal identities. The majority of them will attempt to scam anyone who accepts their friend request.
Numerous bogus accounts are also maintained by spammers who are constantly attempting to hack into Facebook's systems. Although the social media giant increased its investment in technology to detect automated and coordinated spam, the problem continues to worsen.
According to official data from the company, Facebook removed 6.5 billion fake accounts in 2019, the highest number to date.
Last year, the platform saw a slight decline, with 5.8 billion accounts being deleted. However, during the first half of 2021, Facebook removed another 3 billion bogus accounts, indicating that spammers were once again on the rise. Additionally, this was nearly 20 times the number of active users who joined Facebook's social media platform during this time period.
While the number of spammers using Facebook accounts to communicate with others remains high, spam-containing content has decreased significantly. Between January and June, the social network removed approximately 1.7 billion pieces of spam content, down from 3.3 billion a year ago during the same period.
In a Single Year, Nearly 300 Million New Active Users
Although fake accounts continue to be a significant issue for the social media giant, they have had no effect on the growth of its active user base.
According to company data, the popular social media platform had 431 million users in the first quarter of 2010. Within two years, Facebook's active user base surpassed one billion, making it the first social network to achieve this feat.
According to statistics, the number of users continued to grow in the subsequent years, reaching more than 2.5 billion in 2019. However, as millions of people increased their indoor and online activity in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Facebook's user base increased by nearly 300 million YoY to 2.8 billion in 2020, the highest annual increase in years.
As of the second quarter of 2021, Facebook had nearly 2.9 billion monthly active users, an increase of nearly 300 million users over the previous year.