Starving Children Facebook Share Hoax
According to this message, which consists of a photograph of a group of starving children apparently reaching out for help, Facebook will donate $1 to help the pictured children each and every time the picture is shared.
However, sharing the picture will help no one other than the morally bankrupt person who created it.
Facebook will certainly not donate money in exchange for sharing this photograph. Nor will any other entity. The message is just a sickening hoax, and, tragically, just one more in a long line of such hoaxes.
The people who create these hoaxes 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 this case, the creator of the hoax is apparently motivated by a desire to drive traffic to a Facebook Page promoting a musician based in Pakistan. It is currently unclear if the musician himself is responsible for the hoax or if it is the work of an overzealous fan.
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.
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 of your Facebook friends.
Last updated: November 3, 2015
First published: March 15, 2013
By Brett M. Christensen
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