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Facebook removes a record 3 billion fake accounts over 6-month span

Associated Press
Facebook removes a record 3 billion fake accounts over 6-month span

Facebook removed more than 3 billion fake accounts from October to March, twice as many as the previous six months, the company said Thursday. In a new report, Facebook (FB)  said it saw a “steep increase” in the creation of abusive, fake accounts. While most of these fake accounts were blocked “within minutes” of their creation, the use of computers to generate millions of accounts at a time meant not only that Facebook caught more of the fake accounts, but that more of them slipped through.