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Issue 166 - November, 2013 (2nd Edition) - Page 6

Baby Iko Facebook Sick Child Hoax

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Facebook message featuring images of a baby with a heavily distended abdomen and green skin colouration claims that each time a user likes, comments on or shares the images, Facebook and CNN will donate money to help pay for the child’s surgery.


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Brief Analysis
The message is a disgraceful hoax created by that most despised of all Facebook users, the likewhore.  The goal of the people who create these hoaxes is to amass likes and shares under false pretenses and to drive Internet traffic to their websites or Facebook Pages.  The pictures depict Baby Iko, who suffered from the liver disease biliary atresia. Little Iko died in May 2013. The callous and immoral person who created this hoax stole Baby Iko’s images from another source and repurposed them to suit his or her own nefarious purposes. Sadly, this is just one in an ongoing series of sick baby hoaxes. Please do not further the goals of these contemptible individuals by liking, sharing or commenting on their hoax messages.

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Please Dont Ignore ! His parents can't afford surgery so facebook and cnn are paying half of the expenses
1 like - $1
1 comment - 10$
1 share - 100$

Baby Iko Hoax


Detailed Analysis
According to this message, which features images of a seriously ill baby with a greatly distended abdomen, Facebook users can help the child by liking, sharing and commenting on his picture. Supposedly, Facebook and CNN will donate $1 per like, $10 per comment and a whopping $100 per share to help pay for the baby’s operation.

However, the claims in the message are disgraceful lies perpetrated by a sewer dwelling Facebook likewhore.  No amount of liking, sharing or commenting will help the pictured baby. Little Iko, the baby shown in the pictures, died in May 2013.  He suffered from the liver disease biliary atresia.



Iko, who lived in The Philippines, had one operation when he was just six weeks old, but needed ongoing surgery. A genuine fund-raising effort helped to collect money for further operations and medical help.  But, sadly Iko finally succumbed to the illness when he was nine months old.

Now, this despicable likewhore has stolen Iko’s pictures and reused them in the above hoax message. The goal of the person who created the hoax is simply to garner attention for his or her Facebook Page by tricking people into liking, sharing and commenting.  By using such underhand tactics, the Page owner can greatly increase the popularity and like-count of the Page.

Sadly, this is just one in a seemingly endless parade of likewhore hoaxes that use pictures of sick or injured children.

A simple rule of thumb. Any message that claims that Facebook or another company will donate money to help a sick child in exchange for liking, sharing or commenting is sure to be a hoax.

If this hoax, or one of the many like it, comes your way, please do not make the problem worse by sharing or liking, or commenting on the picture. And, please let the person who posted it know that the message is a hoax.

Facebook has been almost unforgivably slow at taking meaningful steps to combat these types of nasty hoaxes. Nevertheless, we still recommend that people report the hoaxes to Facebook. In some cases, the hoaxes have been removed in response to reporting.

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Last updated: November 12, 2013
First published: November 12, 2013
By Brett M. Christensen
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References
A Matter of life and Breath
Biliary atresia
Iko Facebook
Charity Hoaxes
Facebook Sick Child Hoaxes



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