Now, most of the social media networks use photo verification to avoid fake profiles being created. But still many persons are interested in creating fake profiles on social media networks.
Some Important Facts about Fake Profiles
neither social media companies nor technological innovations offer reliable ways to identify and remove social media profiles that don’t represent actual authentic people.
It might sound positive that over six months in late 2017 and early 2018, Facebook detected and suspended some 1.3 billion fake accounts.
But an estimated 3 to 4 percent of accounts that remain, or approximately 66 million to 88 million profiles, are also fake but haven’t yet been detected.
Likewise, estimates are that 9 to 15 percent of Twitter’s 336 million accounts are fake.
Fake profiles aren’t just on Facebook and Twitter, and they’re not only targeting people in the U.S.
In December 2017, German intelligence officials warned that Chinese agents using fake LinkedIn profiles were targeting more than 10,000 German government employees.
And in mid-August, the Israeli military reported that Hamas was using fake profiles on Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp to entrap Israeli soldiers into downloading malicious software.
Although social media companies have begun hiring more people and using artificial intelligence to detect fake profiles, that won’t be enough to review every profile in time to stop their misuse.
Now it is a bit hard to use random pictures for social media profiles due to security used by social media networks. But still, there are services providers who generate random pictures of nonexisting persons. They are said to be not detected by social media as fake profiles through face recognition technology.