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A new fake-account problem has recently bedeviled Facebook.
The Menlo Park, California. tech company’s platform is said to be filled with fraudulent accounts that occur when the scores of Silicon Valley’s most powerful executives, including Apple CEO Tim Cook, Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey.
A search by Fox News on Friday, found that most of the fake accounts, which apparently numbered in the dozens when Business Insider first reported the problem on Thursday, have since been removed by the social network.
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However, there were still a few that had not been closed.
Although the company does not find any evidence that the accounts were used to scam unsuspecting users, of course they are misleading, and can be used for criminal or illegal activities.
Apple CEO Tim Cook is one of several tech executives is imitated by users on Facebook. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
Facebook is the policy of the ask users to go by their real names and verified, higher-profile users, such as the tech ceos tend to be blue checkmarks next to their official profiles.
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“We make use of advanced technology and reporting tools to detect accounts to pretend to be other people. That is a clear violation of our policies, and our teams are constantly improving our technology and processes to make the imposter accounts such as these from Facebook,” Facebook said in a statement to Business Insider.
At the beginning of this year, Facebook estimated that as many as 116 million fake accounts exist on the platform.