Last updated: July 5, 2012
First published: July 5, 2012
Article written by Brett M. Christensen
About Brett Christensen and Hoax-Slayer
She's suffering form cancer! Facebook has promised to give $1.20 Dollars on each share! Please, share and make it.
This Facebook driven message, which features a photograph of a young girl in a hospital bed, claims that you can help the child just by sharing her picture. The message claims that Facebook will donate $1.20 to help the girl in her battle with cancer each time a user clicks the share button on the photograph.
However, the claims in the message are heinous nonsense. Sharing the child's picture will do nothing whatsoever to help her. Facebook will NOT donate so much as a cent to support this or any other child (or animal) just because someone shared a message. In fact, the message is just one more in a long series of such hoaxes. It is currently unclear who the child in the picture is, although archived references suggest the image was posted to a Spanish language website in 2007 and may depict a patient who underwent a bone marrow transplant operation. The cretin who created this hoax undoubtedly stole the child's picture and used it in the hoax message without the permission or knowledge of the little girl's parents or carers.
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.
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