Facebook removed 2.19 billion fake accounts in the first quarter of this year. This is a strong increase compared to previous quarters. This is apparent from Facebook’s Community Standards Enforcement Report.
Fake accounts represented 2 percent of all monthly active users in the last quarter of 2018 and the first quarter of 2019, Facebook estimates . In the first quarter of 2018, Facebook deleted 583 million fake accounts, while in the last three months of 2018 it was 1.2 billion fake accounts.
According to Facebook, the sharp rise in the last six months is due to ‘automated, scripted attacks’. The social network does not immediately expect a decline for the coming quarters. “We expect the number to vary in the coming period because of the financial incentive for malicious parties to create fake accounts,” Facebook reports in the report.
The company claims every day millions of attempts to create fake accounts to thwart and another millions of already created fake accounts within minutes to detect. These figures are not included in the number of 2.19 billion deleted fake accounts. Nearly one hundred percent of the deleted accounts were labeled by Facebook itself as “fake” and “active in case of abuse.” Only a small part is reported by users.
Facebook uses detection systems that monitor for unreliable e-mail addresses, suspicious actions and signals that came up with earlier abuse.