All Fake, Duplicate and Cat Facebook Profiles Will Be Deleted

All Fake, Duplicate and Cat Facebook Profiles Will Be Deleted image catprofile

Do you currently maintain a personal Facebook profile for your cat? Or have a second profile with a fake name just for logging in to other sites? If so, your account will soon be disabled by Facebook.

There are more than 83 million fake accounts Facebook wants to disable, according to CNN Tech. Earlier this month Facebook updated their regulatory filing which now states that 8.7 percent of its 955 million monthly active users are actually duplicate or fake accounts. Moreover, duplicate accounts make up for 4.8 percent– equivalent to 45.8 million accounts– of Facebook’s total “active” member tally. Although Facebook has rules that restrict users from making more than one personal account, clearly their prevention methods are falling short.

Facebook has divided up all identified duplicate and fake accounts into three categories: duplicate accounts, misclassified accounts (accounts that have been made for pets, groups or companies) and undesirable accounts (accounts created for the purpose of spamming.)

For all discovered false accounts, Facebook plans to wipe all the information associated with the name from public view. If this happens to your account, Facebook will not all allow you to create another account without their permission.

Good news: For the few people that are hard-pressed on maintaining their cat’s identity on Facebook, the option to create a Facebook public figure page is always there.

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Comments: 39

  • Peter says:

    How would they know with 955 Million accounts which are ‘real’ and which are duplicates? Are they checking against some other records? Smacks of Big Brother.

    • Facebook is Big Brother – there isn’t really any privacy there; if you want it, you’ll have to stop using Facebook. They actually monitor chats and messages for people likely to cause harm to themselves (suicide) or another person, especially children. Recently Facebook reported a series of chats by an older man with a young teenage girl, where the conversation had turned sexual, and they were making plans to meetup. I think its a good thing.

    • Peter, according to what I have read, it will be like if they find the Facebook profile to be of an actress, cartoon character etc. and many more factors they will have it verified. So now people will have to actually add a image of themselves to avoid this interrogation.

    • Terry says:

      yes! it does!

  • Tina says:

    I agree with you Peter, who is and how are they going to establish which & what? I know of several people who have duplicate accounts – NOT because of “duplicity” (:-o) but because they set the first one up a few years ago, never really got it up & running, left for an xtended period of time & noW cannot recall password. So they started another page. I’m one of those and have tried in vain to get assistance from FB to delete the obsolete one, but they simply do not respond AT ALL!

  • Andy says:

    Now if only they’d implement a feature that didn’t force me to automatically subscribe anytime I said I “liked” something.

  • What about the folks that have one for work life & one for friends? That’s really messed up. Or the people that need to share computers? How do they know the difference really?

  • Gert says:

    What do I need to do that FB recognizes my – meanwhile unused – profile as “fake”? ;)

  • Greg says:

    What about people who have died? Are facebook accounts immortal?

  • If you want to migrate your business activities on Facebook from a profile to a page, check out my post (the link for the migration tool is there)http://www.business2community.com/social-media/the-real-cost-of-fake-followers-and-pet-profiles-0258747#comment-457890

  • Susan says:

    Facebook doesn’t know how to bring in new revenue via memberships vs. free. They could charge people/organizations for additional profiles, in some sort of membership package. Keep it free for one personal profile and a set number of pages. I have my own personal profiles, plus pages, plus ‘in development’ profiles that are not being used. I worry that these ‘in development’ profiles for blogs not yet written might be deleted?

  • When is FB going to do something about the fake memorial pages for celebrities who aren’t dead? It’s amazing how many people think that those pages are the real deal.

  • jane says:

    I use one for business and one for personal. If they kick one, they kick both and I will have some wasted time back. I will migrate to Google+ and people who need to keep the two separated will do the same. FB has probably peaked.

  • Louise says:

    I’ve been forced to create 2 fake Facebook accounts BY Facebook. I run 3 Facebook pages. 1 is a fan page and the others are for separate brands that I work to promote. I need to run advertising campaigns for all 3 Facebook pages but I can only use one payment method. And since I doubt that company A is going to be happy to pay for company Bs advertising – or that of my personal fan page, I have no other option but to maintain fake accounts that I can then manage the different advertising budgets and payments independently. I wonder how many other fake profiles exist for the same reason.

  • Christie says:

    Good ideas all!! I’m surprised it took this long!!

  • And the first pet site to be deleted will be the page for Mark Zuckerberg’s dog? His dog has a page.

    The pet sites aren’t a problem. It’s the MASSIVE number of fake pages that are set up and used by large ad agencies. They create tens of thousands of fake pages. But… they also pay FB, so FB probably won’t delete those fake pages.

  • I would like to see accountability for page creation – where the author is publically listed as there are so many spammy or just out right BAD pages on there.

  • What is Facebook crying about? They should be happy people use their service so much they want more than one account.
    The bigger they are, the harder they fall!!

  • John Gosling says:

    I run pages for about 70 different venues in different cities for my business. It is a constant battle to claim the “pages” that spring up and seem to hoover up likes and check ins. Facebook usually responds and I get control, but in many cases as I see it, it is their own systems that are creating false business profiles, I suspect because people are using mobile phones to try and check in, failing to find our official pages – which does not say a lot for the search, and then opting to create a new business profile and check in against it. Anyone else see this happening and have a solution?

  • Derrick says:

    Face Book was not interested over a year ago when I payed someone on Fiverr.com to get me 250 REAL FB fans and they were all fake profiles.I reported it to FB to never hear from them.I had to manually delete them.I mean mostly men with womens names and fake grainey pics….jeez!

  • Michelle says:

    So wait i have an old facebook account that i dont use anymoe dont wnt to get banned for having 2 facebooks ive been trying ot get rid of it does this mean its going to be deleted soon (permantly)

  • kitty marmalade says:

    not fair leave pet accounts are real and remove groups that promote animal cruelty not pet accounts stupid facebook

  • Lilith Myers says:

    tsk! behind every animal/pet profile is a proud HUMAN owner animal lover connecting with others that share a passion about animals!

  • Dee says:

    Bite me Facebook!

  • Chelsea Older says:

    I hope they do not get rid of Grumpy Cat.

  • Terry Harp says:

    I think it sucks personally! What the heck is their problem? Are they afraid that they won’t get their money? Are they not aware that plenty of those with “Cat” accounts are paying members of the Facebook crowd? Who died and made them the Gods of who gets on Facebook? Why not just target the spammers and scammers, of which I have had a few run-ins with?

  • Jules says:

    This is a post from last year. It looks like it’s just another hoax.

  • dawn says:

    However, they have no issue whatsoever letting people have nude photos or showing the abuse of animals. So glad they have their priorities straight.

  • I highly doubt that there is ONLY 8.5 % that is fake.

    According to what I have seen – there are profiles with fake first names, fake middle names, fake last names or just completely made up bs…

    To top it all off, people assume that they are safe on this platform – where profiles that are fake exist and their profile picture is of a cartoon …

    Unsure where that mentality came from …

  • April says:

    I think it is just dumb, so what if someone creates more than one profile or if its for their cat or dog or bird…it is internet and we should be allowed to use fb as we please….it bugs me because when i delete and close down my old account (because I want to start games over) the old account NEVER gets deleted even when I tell fb too, if they can’t delete accounts we tell them to then how the heck are they going to manage to delete fake accounts

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