Social networking site Facebook said the website may have over 100 million ‘duplicate’ accounts, and their percentage being higher in developing markets such as India, besides 5 to 15 million ‘undesirable’ accounts registered with it worldwide, as per company’s estimations. “There may be individuals who maintain one or more Facebook accounts in violation of our terms of service. We estimate, for example, that ‘duplicate’ accounts (an account that a user maintains in addition to his or her principal account) may have represented between approximately 4.3 percent and 7.9 percent of our worldwide MAUs (Monthly Active User) in 2013,” Facebook said in the SEC filing. Also Read - Facebook smartwatch to feature cameras alongside fitness functions: Yes, detachable cameras!
According to the latest quarterly report, Facebook said the percentage of duplicate or false accounts is higher in developing markets such as India and Turkey. As of March 31, 2014, the site had 1.28 billion MAUs, an increase of 15 percent from last March 31. Users in India and Brazil represented key sources of growth in the first quarter of 2014 relative to the same period in 2013, the filing with SEC said. Also Read - What happens to your Facebook account after you die?
“In 2013, for example, we estimate user-misclassified accounts may have represented between approximately 0.8 percent and 2.1 percent of our worldwide MAUs and undesirable accounts may have represented between approximately 0.4 percent and 1.2 percent of our worldwide MAUs,” it further said. User-misclassified accounts, are the profiles created by users for a business, organization, or non-human entity such as a pet while undesirable accounts, are user profiles that are intended to be used for purposes that violate terms of service, such as spamming. . Also Read - WhatsApp Multi-device support confirmed, public beta rollout begins in two months: Mark Zuckerberg