Another Facebook Nonsense Post - Share to Help Baby With Brain Disorder or Brain Tumor
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.
Sharing the picture will do nothing whatsoever to help this child. The same picture has appeared on various websites for several years. It has been claimed that the child's deformity was caused by the use of depleted uranium weaponry in Iraq. However, that claim remains unverified. The current condition and whereabouts of this child remains unclear. The child's picture was added to the message without the permission or knowledge of his or her family. It is the work of despicable like-whores intent on amassing likes and shares and driving Internet traffic to their websites or Facebook Pages. Sharing such messages is immoral and irresponsible.
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
This message,which includes 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, the child's picture was added to the hoax message without the permission or knowledge of his or her family.
The original version of the message claimed that the child had a "brain disorder". A later variant claims that the child's condition is the result of a brain tumor. But neither version bothers to name the child or provide any information or references about his or her current condition or whereabouts. The original 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. The newer variant makes the utterly absurd claim that each "like" somehow equates to a prayer for the child.
The people who create these hoaxes - fittingly referred to as "like-whores" by the Facebook community at large, do so to amass likes and shares and to drive Internet traffic to their websites or Facebook Pages. They take images of children from other sources without permission and reuse them in their despicable hoaxes.
In fact, 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.
Last updated: May 16, 2013
First published: January 24, 2012
Research: Steve Williamson, David White and Brett Christensen
By Brett M. Christensen