Facebook: 83m fake accounts and undesirables
Facebook often crows about how many people use the service (which is bizarrely complicated and we really wouldn't stand for it if it was unleashed on the public now), but all that glitters isn't online gold.
See, FB has a staggering 83m fake profiles, including millions created for users' pets (honestly, if you're the kind of person who sets up an account for your pet, go and kill yourself now) and, better yet, a huge number of accounts the Facebook deems "undesirable."
This figure came out after Facebook had to submit a first quarter report to US financial regulators since it floated on the stock market. All-in-all, nearly 10% of its users aren't actually real.
In total, there were 83.09m fake users in total, which the social network classifies into three section, the largest being 46m duplicate profiles. Then there were "user-misclassified" profiles, which Facebook says "users have created personal profiles for a business, organisation or non-human entity such as a pet". And then, finally, there's the "undesirable" profiles, which breach Facebook's terms and conditions. Or 14m spam accounts to you.
"We generate a substantial majority of our revenue from advertising," the company said in its filing. "The loss of advertisers, or reduction in spending by advertisers with Facebook, could seriously harm our business."