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Facebook says it has removed more than three billion fake accounts

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The purge took place between October and March.

Facebook says it has removed more than three billion fake accounts from October to March, twice as many as the previous six months.

What Facebook’s new report Thursday does not say, though, is how many it also missed.

The increase shows the challenges Facebook faces in removing accounts created by computers to spread spam, fake news and other objectionable material.

Even as Facebook’s detection tools get better, so do the efforts by the creators of these fake accounts.

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The Facebook logo (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

Facebook has 2.4 billion active monthly users.

Most of the removed accounts will not count in this figure.

Still, the company estimates that 5% of its monthly active users are fake.

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