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Ectopia Cordis Sick Baby Facebook Hoax

Outline
Message claims that Facebook will donate $1 to help a baby with the birth defect Ectopia Cordis every time the baby's photograph is shared or liked on Facebook.

Brief Analysis
The message is a nasty hoax. Facebook will certainly not donate money to help the pictured child in exchange for liking or sharing. Any message that makes such a claim is certain to be a hoax. The child's photograph was stolen and used without the authorization of her parents or family. If you see the picture, please DO NOT share, like or comment on it. Instead, please report the picture to Facebook. Please review the detailed analysis below for more information about these hoaxes and how to help fight against them.

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Last updated: 17th February 2012
First published: 17th February 2012
Article written by Brett M. Christensen
About Brett Christensen and Hoax-Slayer


Example
Ectopia Cordis Sick Baby Hoax

this baby has a birth deffect in which the heart is abnormally located, Called Ectopia Cordis. every like facebook will donate a dollar.

1 like = 1 dollar , like/share :/


Detailed Analysis
This message, which is circulating rapidly across Facebook, claims that Facebook will donate the sum of $1 to help a child with a birth defect each and every time that the child's picture is shared or liked on the network. The picture depicts an infant born with Ectopia Cordis, a medical condition in which the heart is located outside of the body.

However, the claim that Facebook will donate money to help this child when her picture is liked or shared is a malicious lie. The message is a nasty hoax. The baby's photograph was stolen from another website and used in this dreadful hoax without the permission of her parents or family.

According to an article published in the New Sunday Times, the baby girl in the photograph was born at the National Institute of Cardio-Vescular Diseases in Pakistan in July 1998.

In fact, this hoax is just one more in 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. 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.

Help Us Stop the Sick Baby Facebook Hoax

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Help Us Stop the Sick Baby Facebook Hoax

Last updated: 17th February 2012
First published: 17th February 2012
Article written by Brett M. Christensen
About Brett Christensen and Hoax-Slayer