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4:26 pm on May 15, 2018 (gmt 0)

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Facebook, for the first time, has published community enforcement numbers so you can judge for yourself how Facebook is doing in enforcing its guidelines.
It says it took down 837 million pieces of spam in Q1 2018, and identified fake accounts before they get to start spamming. I think they have more to do on that front, imho.

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As for anything else, as long as this is not controlled/measured by a third part organism, this remain only claims, and no way to know if this is true or not.
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and no way to know if this is true or not.
But I saw it on Facebook- it MUST be true! :)
5:32 pm on May 15, 2018 (gmt 0)

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It could well be true. 3 or 4% is a staggering number. FB is reported to have about 2.19 Billion users. At 4% that is 88 million fake accounts.

But wait.... that is not all:
Accounts are one thing, many real people over the years have created accounts but relatively few actively use those accounts. Now one must assume that since fake accounts are used for manipulation and profit, those accounts are likely active. Following this logic the amount of content being, created, shared and liked by these fake accounts must make up a much larger portion of total FB activity.

I would be very surprised if FB does anything meaningful to address this.
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But I saw it on Facebook- it MUST be true! :)

Oh, yes silly me!
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The latest fake account to try an infiltrate a group had around 3,000 "friends", all fake, of course. It was very obviously fake so I don't know why Facebook's system didn't catch that one. I reported it and blocked it.
I can't be bothered to see if it's still there.

No doubt, it's a problem, and not just for FB. Fake accounts and bad actors don't help us, FB, nor advertisers and genuine marketers, and users.
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I recently had 3 different friend requests during a one week period, all using the same photo.

I reported all three. The report process is limited to the choices offered so there was not a way of explaining. The best choice was This Person is Pretending to be Someone They're Not.

A week later I looked at my report panel and all three had been labelled Closed. The reason was they did not violate FB policy.
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Had a friend request from someone who's friend's list is 50% people with the same name as me.

Unsure whether bad spam attempt or unusual fetish.
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Since I do not have friends, I know that all requests are scams ...
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Ouch! :)

I FB once a month whether I need to or not. FB, however, litters my personal email with updates, etc so I probably don't even need to log in. :)
 

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