U.S., Indonesia, Japan Lose Users As Facebook Sweeps Fake Profiles

By Justin Lafferty 

As Facebook mentioned in its 10-K filing, the site still has a serious problem with fake profiles, used to bolster shady pages’ fan metrics. It appears that the social network did some cleaning up in January, as several countries (notably the U.S. and Indonesia) lost a great number of users last month, according to Quintly. All around the world, more than 4 million users’ profiles were deleted in January.

Facebook believes that duplicate users made up 5 percent of its monthly active users (MAUs) in the fourth quarter of 2012, with user-misclassified accounts representing 1.3 percent and other “undesirable” accounts at 0.9 percent.

It looks like Facebook took some steps to rectify this problem last month (or people started deleting their profiles in large quantities), according to statistics from Quintly (formerly AllFacebook stats). Here’s a look at the top 10 countries in the world, in terms of Facebook membership:

The U.S., which represents the biggest Facebook user base, also lost the most users in January. Indonesia, Facebook’s fourth-largest country, lost 4.33 percent of its users last month. Six of the top 10 countries lost users in January.

Here are the 10 countries who lost the most users in January:

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