Facebook says it has removed more than three billion fake accounts

FILE - This July 16, 2013 file photo shows a sign at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif. Facebook said Thursday, May
FILE - This July 16, 2013 file photo shows a sign at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif. Facebook said Thursday, May 16, 2019, that it has banned Archimedes, an Israeli company that ran an influence campaign aimed at disrupting elections in various countries, and has canceled dozens of accounts engaged in spreading disinformation. Nathaniel Gleicher, Facebook’s head of cybersecurity policy, told reporters that the tech giant had purged 65 Israeli accounts, 161 pages, dozens of groups and four Instagram accounts. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)

Facebook says it has removed more than three billion fake accounts from October to March, twice as many as the previous six months.

What Facebook’s new report Thursday does not say, though, is how many it also missed.

The increase shows the challenges Facebook faces in removing accounts created by computers to spread spam, fake news and other objectionable material.

Even as Facebook’s detection tools get better, so do the efforts by the creators of these fake accounts.

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The Facebook logo (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

Facebook says most of the fake accounts were blocked “within minutes” of their creation, before someone saw and reported them to the company.

Facebook has 2.4 billion active monthly users.

Most of the removed accounts will not count in this figure.

Still, the company estimates that 5% of its monthly active users are fake.

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