Posted: Aug 3, 2012 11:09 AM
Facebook is trying to disable 83 million of its accounts that are fake. Some are malicious and others are pages created for pets.
The social network says more than eight-percent of its 955 million monthly active users worldwide are duplicate or false accounts.
Facebook has divvied them up into three categories: duplicate accounts, misclassified accounts and "undesirable" accounts.
According to the network's terms of service, users are not allowed to have more than one Facebook personal account, or make accounts on behalf of other people
Facebook disables any false accounts it finds.
While Facebook will wipe all the information associated with a false account from public view, it doesn't delete the account from its servers, citing "safety and security" reasons.
If Facebook does shut down your account, it says you can't create a new one without the company's permission.