Facebook reports 80 million accounts are bogus
Posted 02 August 2012 - 01:22 PM
OK - I'll confess, my dog has a facebook account. It's manned by my wife and me, and we don't have our own accounts. A few years ago, the account was "suspended" twice for some vague reason regarding authenticity. Each time, I just had to send an email from my dog's email account asking "why was my account suspended?" and it was reinstated. And yes, my dog wasn't 13 even in dog years when he got the account. Neither were my kids or most of their friends when they got accounts.
Yes, we are violating the TOS, but I have no interest in having an account with my real name and being "found" by people I haven't spoken to in 30 years. On the other hand, my dog hasn't spammed anyone, bullied them, or even unfriended them. Or bitten them. My kids have behaved as well (they are required to friend us, and the cool thing is, since it's our dog's page, most of our kids friends have no problem friending us as well).
The point is Facebook never had any serious way to enforce this, and they are way past the point of being able to get any of this under control.
Posted 02 August 2012 - 02:04 PM
Posted 02 August 2012 - 02:28 PM
Which totally makes sense. If you're a public company and you're reporting X accounts, you'd better give a good faith accurate measurement of how many real people X actually represents.