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Facebook Sick Child Hoax - 'Help Boy with Massive Tumour by Liking, Sharing and Commenting'


Facebook post that features a picture of a boy with a very large tumour on his side claims that Facebook and CNN will donate money each time a user likes, shares or comments on the picture.

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Brief Analysis

The message is a disgusting hoax designed to gather likes for a particular Facebook Page and promote it further via shares and comments. Neither Facebook nor CNN will donate money to help the child just because a person likes, shares or comments on his image. Any message that makes such a claim is sure to be a hoax. The picture shows 'Jose', a Mexican boy who was taken to the United States for treatment in 2012. His picture was stolen from other sources to be used in the disgraceful hoax message.


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 - 20$

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Detailed Analysis

A post currently circulating around Facebook claims that you can help a boy who has a massive tumour on his side cover surgery costs by liking, sharing and commenting on his picture. The message claims that Facebook and CNN will pay $1 per like, $10 per comment and $20 per share to help pay for the boy's surgery.

However, the claims in the message are disgraceful lies. Liking, sharing or commenting on the boy's picture will do nothing whatsoever to help him. CNN and Facebook will certainly not donate in exchange for liking, sharing or commenting. Any message that makes such a claim is sure to be a hoax.

The goal of the immoral person who created this hoax is simply to gather likes for and further promote a particular Facebook Page. Liking, sharing and commenting spreads these hoax messages across Facebook, thereby ensuring that the target Page comes to the attention of a large audience. Via this tactic, the Page will gain many more likes and user interactions.

The photograph used in this hoax message depicts 'Jose', a Mexican boy who was taken to the United States for medical treatment back in 2012. The person who created the hoax stole Jose's picture from a news article.

This message is just one in a long line of similar sick child hoaxes. Please do not foster the goals of the people who create these hoaxes by liking, sharing or commenting on their material. If one of the hoaxes comes your way, let the person who posted it know that the claims in the message are lies. And, while Facebook's response to these hoaxes has been reprehensibly inadequate, it is still worthwhile to report them. Occasionally, Facebook does remove a hoax picture after users have reported it.

Last updated: March 31, 2014
First published: March 31, 2014
Written by Brett M. Christensen
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