Social Media Security Stats

Social Media Security Stat Center

Security Facts for Social Media

Over the past year, businesses have been under siege from social cyberwarfare. Following a growing number of attacks by the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) and other hacker individuals and organizations, enterprise brands now face a constant onslaught of security, risk, and compliance risks.

In an effort to raise awareness for social media security, our team of data scientists have researched and analyzed our corpus of social media threats and published the following security facts to help make the social web a safer place.

Security Stats

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  • 12% of all risky social media content contains security risks, including spam, malware, and criminal and illegal activity.
  • YouTube has 5 times more bad content than Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and the other leading social networks.
  • Brands have an average of 6 apps connected to their social media account
  • Roughly 80% of posts made between 1am and 3am are by fake social accounts.
  • 5% of social apps are spammy
  • 1 in 200 social media messages contain spam
  • Social media spam increased 660% in 2013 (over 2012)
  • Enterprise brands have an average of more than 300 social media accounts
  • 15% of all spam contains a URL
  • Financial organizations have 3 Truth in Lending Act / Regulation Z violations per month โ€“ on average โ€“ on their social media accounts.
  • Spammers often spam at least 23 different social media accounts
  • Social spam is growing 100% faster than good comments and posts.


Chart of Major Social Media Hacks Affecting Big Brands

Get more facts on social media hacks and hijacks here.

Social Media CorpusOur Corpus

  • 25,000,000 social media users scanned
  • 250,000,000 pieces of social content scanned
  • 15,000 branded social accounts scanned
  • 6,000,000 pieces of risky content classified
  • 10,000 spammers identified
  • 3,500 connected apps seen
  • 67 apps โ€“ highest number of apps for a brand

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