The Amount of Fake Accounts Removed From Facebook This Year Nearly Equals Its Number of Total Active Users

Company disabled 2.2 billion in the first quarter of 2019

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg told reporters Thursday that bad actors were increasingly trying to create batches of fake accounts on the site. Amy Osborne — AFP/Getty Images

Facebook disabled more than 2 billion fake accounts on Facebook in the first quarter of 2019 alone, nearly the same amount of total monthly active users the company has, the company said Thursday in a report about how it is enforcing its platform rules.

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@kelseymsutton Kelsey Sutton is the streaming editor at Adweek, where she covers the business of streaming television.