Hackers use fake social media accounts to gain access to your personal information. The can pretend to be you in order to get your friends to tell them things or they can pretend to be someone else completely to get you to tell them things.
Some fake social media accounts only seem to exist to spread fake news and incite incendiary reactions. During the 2018 American Presidential election cycle, Stanford University found 115 fake Pro-Trump stories on Facebook and 41 fake Pro-Clinton stories during a study of the fake news phenomenon.
Learn more about fake social media accounts from this infographic!
Infographic by: socialcatfish.com