Facebook Sure Has a Lot of Fake Accounts

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Facebook revealed Tuesday that it removed more than half a billion fake accounts and millions of pieces of violent or obscene content during the first three months of 2018.

Half a billion? Yes. 583 million, to be exact. And they removed about the same number last quarter. They take ’em down, and the spammers just put ’em back up. At any given time, this means that nearly a third of all Facebook accounts are fake.

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