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The number of fake accounts on Facebook is roughly the size of Egypt's population and larger than most of the world's countries, reports Mashable: 83.09 million.

The astonishing figure makes up 8.7% of all Facebook's 995 million active viewers, says the Daily Mail. According to the London daily, Facebook classified the fake accounts in three groups:

-4.8% were duplicate accounts, such as accounts set up by people to keep their activities hidden from their partner or their parents.

-2.4% were "user-misclassified" accounts, where "users have created personal profiles for a business, organization or non-human entity such as a pet" according to Facebook.

-1.5% were "undesirable" accounts were profiles were deemed to be in breach of Facebook"s terms of service; accounts set up to send out spam emails.

Facebook, reports BBC News, whose business model relies on targeted advertising, is coming under increased scrutiny over the worth of its advertising model which promotes the gathering of likes from users.

Last month, the BBC's technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones set up a fake company to investigate allegations of fake likes. His investigation found that the large majority of likes for the fake firm originated from the Middle East and Asia.

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Germany's Legendary Clubbing Culture Crashes Museum Space

The exhibition “Electro” in Düsseldorf is an unlikely tribute to a joyful and uninhibited club culture, with curators forced to contend with limits of a museum setting ... and another COVID lockdown.

A woman with a "Techno" tattoo in front of the famous Berghain

Boris Pofalla

DÜSSELDORF — The last party at the Berghain nightclub in Berlin lasted from Saturday evening until Monday morning. On the first weekend of December, some clubbers lined up for nine hours outside the former power plant – and still didn’t make it past the doormen. A friend said that dancing in the most famous techno club in the world on its last evening was like landing a spot in the last lifeboat to leave the sinking Titanic on 14 April 1912.

It is surely a coincidence that the first comprehensive exhibition charting the 100-year history of electronic music in Germany opened in the same week that nightclubs across the country were forced to close. It wasn’t planned that way, but it’s like opening an exhibition about the cultural history of alcohol the day after the introduction of prohibition.

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