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Report: Facebook Estimates 200 Million Fake Users


Facebook now estimates that nearly 200 million of its users may be fake accounts.

Facebook, Twitter and Google testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee in a three-day session this week, providing investigators information on the efforts of foreign actors to meddle in U.S. politics.

One of the investigators’ concerns, according to The New York Times, is the widespread use of “fake” social media accounts.

Twitter also reports that nearly 5 percent of its user base, or more than 16 million accounts, are fake “spam” accounts, Sean Edgett, the social media giant’s acting general counsel, said in testimony.

Some of those “fake” accounts may be duplicate or false accounts. Facebook has consistently struggled to police such accounts — which include accounts for pets or accounts using a fake name — in an attempt to verify users.[/vc_column_text]

TheHill, excerpt posted on SouthFloridaReporter.com , Nov. 5, 2017