Facebook says it removed 3.2 billion fake accounts from its service from April to September, up slightly from 3 billion in the previous six months.
Nearly all of the bogus accounts were caught before they had a chance to become “active” users of the social network, so they are not counted in the user figures the company reports regularly. Facebook estimates that about 5% of its 2.45 billion user accounts are fake.
Facebook removes 3.2 billion fake accounts, millions of child abuse posts
Facebook Inc removed 3.2 billion fake accounts between April and September this year, along with millions of posts depicting child abuse and suicide, according to its latest content moderation report released on Wednesday.
That more than doubles the number of fake accounts taken down during the same period last year, when 1.55 billion accounts were removed, according to the report.
Facebook removes 11.6 million child abuse posts
Facebook has released the latest figures in its efforts to remove harmful content from its platforms.
They reveal 11.6 million pieces of content related to child nudity and child sexual exploitation were taken down between July and September 2019.
For the first time, Facebook is also releasing figures for Instagram and including numbers for posts related to suicide and self-harm.
This follows a public outcry over the death of 14-year-old Molly Russell.