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Facebook catches 3 billion fake accounts, but the ones it misses are the real problem

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Facebook held a press call today to report to the world that it has removed 3 billion fake accounts during the last quarter of 2018 and the first quarter of 2019. This is a wildly high number given that the social network reports only 2.39 billion monthly active users.

And the kicker may be that Facebook’s “VP of Integrity,” Guy Rosen, said during the Q&A section of the call that Facebook probably caught only “most of” the fake accounts. He says bad actors are systematically creating batches of fake accounts to spread harmful content or to perpetrate some sort of fraud.

So the question is this: If Facebook is catching only “most of” the fake accounts, how many accounts have made it........

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