Facebook removed 2 billion fake accounts in 3 months

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(CNN Newsource) Facebook says it removed 2.2 billion fake accounts in just three months. That’s a record — and almost as many as its legit number of monthly active users — which is 2.38 billion.

Why so many fake accounts? The company says a lot of them come from automated attacks — and technicians are usually able to delete them minutes after they’re created.

Facebook says 25 of every 10,000 views of photos or videos involves content that violates graphic and violence policies. The company also caught 83% of attempts to sell drugs and almost 70 percent of attempts to sell guns on its platform before users reported them.

The data comes from the Facebook’s community standards enforcement report. Starting next year, that report will come out quarterly instead of twice a year. It will also include data from Instagram.

Some experts have been calling for increased government regulation of Facebook in recent months.

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