Fake profiles and spammers are always a headache for the social networks, and Facebook also gets this serious problem too, this big giant which claims it has 1.86 billion users who visit the social network per month also decided to clean up those fake accounts in several countries.
Facebook previously announced to start checking and cracking down those face accounts on its social network, and avoid them to generate fake information and fake fans which finally used for making money for the spammers. And they didn’t reveal the specific number of accounts which were banned by the Facebook.
“We found that most of this activity was generated not through traditional mass account creation methods, but by more sophisticated means that try to mask the fact that the accounts are part of the same coordinated operation,” Shabnam Shaik, Facebook technical program manager wrote in this blog post, and he continue, “By disrupting the campaign now, we expect that we will prevent this network of spammers from reaching its end goal of sending inauthentic material to large numbers of people.”
In 2014, Facebook estimated 67.7 million to 137.8 million accounts were proved being either duplicates or fake, and the number has been much more in these recent years, other social network like Twitter also encounters the same problem. And according to calculations from a team of Italian security researchers, after investigating a great number of posts on the social network, Spammers earn $200m every year via posting links on Facebook fan pages to attract people to go to the third-party scam sites.