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Last updated: July 11, 2012
First published: July 11, 2012
Article written by Brett M. Christensen
About Brett Christensen and Hoax-Slayer
He has cancer, Facebook will donate 1 dollar for
every SHARE. Hit SHARE button ♥ show your
support ..♥ ;'(
According to this message, which is currently moving rapidly around Facebook, you can help a baby depicted in an accompanying photograph just by sharing the image on the network. The photograph shows a very young baby with an extremely distended stomach and a severe rash. The message claims that the baby has cancer and that Facebook will donate $1 to help him every time his picture is shared.
However, the claims in the message are outright lies. In fact, the message is a vile hoax . The baby does not have cancer and Facebook will certainly not donate money to help him or any other baby in exchange for sharing or liking a message. Tragically, little Ian Gromowski, the baby in the photograph, died back in August 2007. The immoral and contemptible individual who created this terrible hoax obviously took baby Ian's photograph from another source and used it without the permission or knowledge of the baby's parents. Ian's parents Scott and Deanna Gromowski have created a website dedicated to Ian.
And why might you ask, would somebody do such a callous and reprehensible thing? Sadly, the motivation of these vile pranksters is generally no more than the desire to collect as many "shares" or "likes" for their heinous messages as possible. They apparently derive some sort of sick pleasure out of such activities and for that reason have been dubbed "like whores" by the Facebook community.
And alas, this hoax is certainly not the first of its kind. In fact, it is just one more in a long line of similar and equally disturbing hoaxes that claim that Facebook or another entity will donate to help a sick or injured baby in exchange for sharing or liking a photograph. Any message that makes such a claim is certain to be a hoax. The very idea that a company would agree to such a fund-raising scheme is simply absurd.
So, please do not feed the vile ambitions of the people who create such hoaxes by "liking" or "sharing" their messages. These people have no place on Facebook or any other social network. Such hoaxes 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 one of these hoaxes comes your way, please do NOT comment on the photo or the wall where the photo has been posted, as this just gives the hoax more unwarranted exposure because it puts the offending photo on to the news feeds of your Facebook friends. Instead, report the photograph to Facebook.
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. To reiterate, any message that claims that money will be donated in exchange for forwarding, sharing or liking a picture is certain to be a hoax.
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