Facebook on Wednesday said it has taken down some 5.4 billion fake accounts this year in a sign of the persistent battle on social media against manipulation and misinformation.
“We have improved our ability to detect and block attempts to create fake, abusive accounts,” the internet firm said in its latest transparency report.
Amid growing efforts to create fraudulent accounts, Facebook said it has stepped up its defenses and often removes the accounts within minutes of being created.
We can estimate that every day, we prevent millions of attempts to create fake accounts using these detection systems.
Facebook believes that fake accounts — where someone pretends to be a person or entity which does not exist — represented about five percent of its worldwide active users during the second and third quarters of this year.
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