One in ten Facebook profiles fake

London - Almost one in ten Facebook profiles are fake, it emerged on Thursday.

It means misuse of the social network by paedophiles and con artists could be even more prevalent than previously thought.

Believe it or not, though, this isn't some malicious scheme that Facebook dreamt up to steal your data. Credit: Associated Press

According to company filings, around 8.7 percent – 83.09 million – of its 955 million active users are not real.

Facebook said 4.8 percent of profiles are duplicates and 2.4 percent are “user-misclassified”, such as profiles created for a business or pet.

But 1.5 percent are “undesirable” profiles, suspected of violating the site’s rules, such as by sending out spam. - Daily Mail