Paper ID: 9053

Utilizing Supervised and Unsupervised Mining Techniques for Detecting Fake Facebook Profiles

Mohammed Basil Albayati*, Ahmad Mousa Altamimi

Department of Computer Science,

Applied Science Private University, Al Arab St. 21 Amman 11931, Jordan




Facebook, a popular online social network site, has changed our modern life. Users can create a customized profile to share information about themselves with others that have agreed to be their friend. However, such gigantic technology tends to be misused for carrying out a number of malicious activities. Facebook faces a big problem of fake accounts where Scammers can violate users’ privacy by creating fake profiles to infiltrate personal social networks. In fact, many techniques are proposed to address this issue. Most of them are based on detecting the fake profiles/accounts considering the characteristics of the user’s profile. However, the limited publicly available profile data of Facebook makes it ineligible in applying the existing approaches in fake profile identification. Therefore, this research utilizes data mining techniques to detect fake profiles. A set of Supervised (ID3 decision tree, k-NN, and SVM) and Unsupervised (k-Means and k-Medoids) algorithms are applied on 12 behavioral and non-behavioral discriminative profiles attributes with a dataset of 982 profiles. Results showed that ID3 has the highest accuracy while k-Medoids registered the lowest accuracy in the detection process.

Keywords: Facebook; fake profiles; machine learning; supervised algorithms; unsupervised algorithms.


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