The newly released third edition of Facebook's Community Standards Enforcement report found that five percent of monthly active accounts registered on the social media website between October 2017 and March 2019 were fake.
This represents a one-to-two percentage point increase in fake account "prevalence" since the second edition of the transparency report was published last November. That earlier report found that only three-to-four percent of monthly active accounts were faked from a period of October 2017 through September 2018.
From January through March 2019, Facebook took action on 2.19 billion fake accounts, meaning the site applied a warning screen, removed content, and/or deleted the account. This sets a new high water mark for this particular metric since Facebook launched its first-ever Community Standards Enforcement report one year ago. And it's close to double the 1.2 billion actions taken October to December 2018.
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