Outline Circulating message that features photographs of a young girl with a huge stomach claims that Facebook will donate $1 to help the child every time the post is shared.
The message is a vile hoax. Facebook will NOT donate money based on how many times a message or image is shared. The photographs of the child were stolen from elsewhere and used without the permission of the child's family. Please report the image and do not like or share it. Please read the detailed analysis below for more information on how you can help stop these nasty hoaxes.
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Last updated: 14th March 2012
First published: 14th March 2012
Article written by Brett M. Christensen
Research by Shevaun Fitzpatrick and Brett Christensen About Brett Christensen and Hoax-Slayer
FACEBOOK WILL GIVE $1 FOR EACH SHARE.
TO THIS GIRL'S FAMILY..SO PLZ SHARE THIS PICTURE AND HELP THIS GIRL
The More You Share, The More You Can Help Her. Please Love and Help our Children Together.
According to this Facebook driven message, which features several photographs of a young girl with a massively enlarged stomach, Facebook will donate $1 each and every time the message is shared on the network.
However, the claim in the message that Facebook will donate money to help the child in exchange for sharing is an outright lie. Any message that claims that Facebook will donate money to help a sick child in exchange for sharing or liking a post is certain to be a hoax. The little girl in the photographs is Hu Yunxing of Shanxi Province, China. According to a November 2010 China Daily report about the case, then 4 year old Hu Yunxing was diagnosed with Budd-Chiari Syndrome, a Hepatic vein obstruction that prevents blood from flowing out of the liver and back to the heart thereby causing abdominal swelling or stretching. The report notes:
The 4-year-old girl who traveled to the capital last week desperately seeking a cure for an ailment that left her with a massively oversized stomach has been diagnosed and is being treated by China's top expert.
Hu Yunxing is suffering from Budd-Chiari Syndrome, said her relieved father, Hu Tianpeng, on Friday. He said he is delighted that the family's four-year search for a diagnosis is finally over.
"Now that we have a diagnosis, we are so happy and have great confidence that there will be a future for our daughter," Hu said.
A December 2010 follow up report in the same publication noted that Hu Yunxing was too ill to receive further treatment at that time. However, a later report notes that doctors successfully performed a four hour operation on the child in February 2011 that reduced her belly circumference from 108cm to about 40cm and she was set to be discharged from hospital a week later.
Hu Yunxing's photographs were apparently stolen from other sources and used in this nasty hoax without the permission of her family.
Please do not give the immoral and disgusting person who created this hoax any satisfaction by sharing or liking the message. These vile pranksters obviously derive some degree of sick pleasure out of fooling people into liking or sharing their hoaxes. They are beneath contempt and seemingly happy to exploit ill children for no other reason than to pointlessly collect likes or shares.
Sadly, this hoax is just one in a long line 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. Instead, report the image to Facebook. Please do NOT comment on the photo or the wall where the photo has been posted, as this gives the hoax more unwarranted exposure because it puts the offending photo on to the news feeds/tickers of your Facebook friends.
A number of us in the hoax and scam busting community are joining forces in an attempt to curtail these nasty and damaging hoaxes. You can help by reporting these images and letting your friends know that they are hoaxes. Remember that any message that claims that money will be donated in exchange for forwarding, sharing or liking a picture is certain to be a hoax.