Facebook is throwing out all fake users, accounts, and likes. That’s right, all of those thousands of questionable thumbs ups are starting to disappear.
The social network announced last month that it’d start this massive deletion process, but it was unclear when. According to TechCrunch, Facebook confirmed today that the time is now.
Over the course of the day, tens of thousands of fans were quietly dropped from Facebook Pages. Data from Facebook metrics site PageData shows that Zynga’s Texas HoldEm Poker lost 96,000 fans today, while Rihanna lost 22,198, and Michael Jackson lost 17,591. Even the Facebook like champion Eminem had fans vanish today — his count dropped by 15,420.
Facebook said last month that the reason it was sweeping its site of phony activity was to cut down on suspicious likes and make sure that users were dealing with real people and businesses.