Facebook said in its Form 10-K filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission that duplicate accounts may have made up between 4.3 percent and 7.9 percent of its worldwide monthly active users in 2013, and that fake profiles that were misclassified by users may have represented 0.8 percent to 2.1 percent of MAUs, while undesirable accounts possibly comprised 0.4 percent to 2.1 percent. The social network also addressed its decline in teen usage.
Russian search engine Yandex reached an agreement with Facebook, giving it access to the social network’s “firehose” of public data for the search engine’s users in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan, other Commonwealth of Independent States countries, and Turkey.
Facebook finally responded to calls for more specific data on monthly active users, daily active users, and mobile MAUs and DAUs by specific country, but only in a eMagazine distributed to its advertising partners, titled “Facebook: The Annual.” However, a copy was leaked to TechCrunch.
Aude Hofleitner, Ta Virot Chiraphadhanakul, and Bogdan State of the Facebook Data Science Team tapped into the social network’s wealth of information to examine what they call coordinated migration, when a significant number of users moved from one city to another, by analyzing aggregate, anonymized data on all users who list both their hometowns and current cities on their profiles.
It’s year in review time at Facebook, and Pope Francis donned the crown as the most-talked-about person or event globally, while Super Bowl XLVII took home the U.S. trophy, according to data released by the social network Monday.
Since Facebook launched its bug bounty program two years ago, more than $1 million in rewards has been handed out to 329 people in 51 countries, Security Engineer Collin Greene reported in a note on the Facebook Security page.
When Facebook users aren’t sending Pitbull to Kodiak, Alaska, they are engaging with the hip-hop superstar’s Facebook page at a rate 60 percent to 80 percent higher than some of the social network’s most-liked celebrities, including Rihanna, Beyoncé, Eminem, and Justin Bieber, according to social publishing firm theAudience, which helps Pitbull program his page.
Facebook may have reported 1.15 billion monthly active users in its second-quarter earnings report Wednesday, but as of Dec. 31, 2012, approximately 5 percent of those may have been duplicate accounts, while 1.3 percent may have been accounts that were improperly classified by users, and 0.9 percent may have been fake accounts, according to the Form 10-Q the company filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission Thursday.
Facebook responded emphatically and quickly to a report that it cooperated with the government in Turkey and turned over user data related to the ongoing protest in that country, issuing a firm denial.