My routine Facebook browsing led me to some Facebook message shares circulating that includes a collection of photograph of a child that appears to have some red patches all over his or her body (face, back of head, buttocks and other sensitive areas) and it says that the child have cancer. The Facebook message image comes with the SHARE PLEASE tag at the top of the image and it claims that Facebook will pay three cents to help the child for every time the picture is shared.
I’ve been roaming in this interconnected world for more than a decade already and for me it’s easy to spot a hoax.
YES! This sympathy + share and forward + some big charitable entity will pay per share/forward trick have been there for more than a decade.
Microsoft, Yahoo and AOL have been used before in previous Sympathy and Charity Hoaxes, and email forwarding was the mechanism used to spread such lies.
But now Facebook and their “Share” and “Like” are the “IN” thing, so the hoax switch is towards Facebook and other new social media.
C’mon guys n gals, do we seriously think that Facebook will give away money for every “charitable” cause each users will share and reshare into their facebook wall? I don’t think so.
My conclusion: Child with Cancer, Facebook Will Pay Three Cents Per Share = New Facebook Hoax for 2012
Image Credit: Facebook.com
Note: Image edited to protect the privacy of the child.
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I suggest that we DO NOT SPREAD or SHARE these kinds of Facebook hoaxes.
Update by Hoax Slayer