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Issue 124 - February 2012 (1st Edition) - Page 5

Another Facebook Nonsense Post - Share to Help Baby With Brain Disorder

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Outline
Message that includes a photograph of a baby with a severe cranial deformity asks users to share the picture as a way of collecting prayers to help the child.



Brief Analysis
Sharing the picture will do nothing whatsoever to help this child. The same picture has appeared on various other websites for several years. It has been claimed that the child's deformity was caused by the use of depleted uranium weaponry in Iraq. The current condition and whereabouts of this child remains unclear. It is likely that the child's picture was added to the message without the permission or knowledge of his or her family. Sharing such messages is immoral and irresponsible.

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Last updated: 24th January 2012
First published: 24th January 2012
Article written by Brett M. Christensen
Research by Steve Williamson, David White and Brett Christensen
About Brett Christensen and Hoax-Slayer


Example
Share to help baby with brain disorder hoax

SHARE THIS PIC IF YOU WANT TO HELP THIS BABY
IF YOU HAVE HEART, THEN YOU WILL SURELY SHARE OTHERWISE ITS UPTO YOU

THIS BABY IS SUFFERING FROM BRAIN DISORDER AND NEED PRAYERS

WE NEED ABOUT 1,00,000 SHARES

PLZ HELP THIS BABY
SHARE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE
AND COLLECT SO MANY PRAYERS FOR THIS BABY




Detailed Analysis
This message,which incudes a photograph of a child with what appears to be a severe cranial deformity, asks Facebook users to help the baby by sharing the message with others.

However, sharing the picture will do nothing whatsoever to help this child. The same picture has appeared on various other websites for several years. It has been claimed that the child's deformity was caused by the use of depleted uranium weaponry in Fallujah, Iraq. The current condition and whereabouts of this child remains unclear. As in other such cases, it is likely that the child's picture was added to the hoax message without the permission or knowledge of his or her family.

The message claims that the child has "brain disorder", but does not bother to name the child or provide any information or references about his or her current condition or whereabouts. The message also makes the absurd claim that 100000 shares are required to help the child but makes no effort to clarify why that particular number is necessary.

Recently, there has been a spate of Facebook hoax messages that feature a child's image without his or her parent's permission. These types of messages are NOT harmless. Often, the unauthorized circulation of such photographs causes great distress to the child's family. Sharing such hoax messages is immoral and irresponsible. And since they do absolutely zero to help the pictured children, sharing these messages is utterly pointless as well. If you encounter one of these hoax messages, please do not share it with others.

At any one time, there are vast numbers of sick or injured children in the world, at least a few of whom are likely to be within your own community. It would thus seem much more reasonable and sensible to offer support for people in need within our own communities rather than reposting vague and unsubstantiated support requests for people we have absolutely no connection with and know nothing whatsoever about.

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References
No tengan hijos, recomiendan médicos en Faluya
Irak demandará a EEUU y Gran Bretaña por secuelas de los bombardeos del uranio empobrecido
Fallujah babies: Under a new kind of siege
Hoax - Facebook Will Pay Three Cents Per Share to Help Baby With Facial Cancer
A Special Appeal to Facebook Users - Unauthorised Use of Baby Zoe Chambers Photograph



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  4. Hoax - Queensland Will Hold a Referendum in July For a New Constitution
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