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Facebook Sick Child Hoax - '1 like = $5, 1 Comment = $3, 1 Share = $2'

Message featuring an image of a young child offering a drink to another child with what appears to be severe burns claims that Facebook will donate money to help the child every time a user likes, shares or comments on the picture.

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Brief Analysis
The message is a hoax. Liking, sharing or commenting on the image will help nobody. The message is just one more in a long series of disgraceful hoaxes that falsely claim that Facebook will donate money for a sick child in exchange for liking or sharing a message. The message is designed to garner likes and further promote a Facebook Page aimed at teenage users. The hoaxes use images of children stolen from other sources. Please do not share, like or comment on these hoax messages.

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Sick Child Hoax

Teenage (name of Facebok Page Removed)
Facebook has agreed to donate money this children for every like, share or comment.
1 like = $5
1 Comment = $3
1 Share = $2

Detailed Analysis

This Facebook image, which depicts a young child offering a drink to another child with severe burn injuries, claims that Facebook has agreed to donate money to help the child whenever users like, share or comment on the picture. Supposedly, Facebook will donate $5 for every like, $3 for every comment, and $2 for every share.

However, the claim in the message is a disgusting lie. Liking, sharing or commenting on the picture will not help this child in anyway. And Facebook will certainly not donate money based on how users interact with the photo. This message is just one more in an almost continual barrage of these hoaxes. The immoral individuals who create these messages do so with the aim of artificially inflating the number of likes gained by their Facebook Pages and further promoting their material across the network. Facebook Pages with large "like" numbers can be sold on to Internet marketers or used as vehicles for spam and scam campaigns. This particular hoax attempts to drive users to a popular Facebook Page aimed at teenagers.

The people who use such underhand tactics to further their goals are fittingly and deservedly called like-whores by the Internet community.

The images used in these hoaxes are generally stolen from other sources and reused without the permission or knowledge of the parents or guardians of the pictured children. The image used in this hoax has circulated in many other contexts and may be Vietnamese in origin. The image is often used on "inspirational" websites as a means of illustrating the act of lending a helping hand to those less fortunate.

Any message that claims that Facebook or another company will donate money to help a sick youngster in exchange for liking, sharing or commenting on the child's picture is sure to be a hoax. If one of these sick child hoaxes comes your way, please do not share it with others. Do not like the image. Do not comment on the image - even to denounce it as a hoax - as this tends to further spread the material. Instead, report the image to Facebook.

Although Facebook has shown itself to be almost unforgivably negligent in its hopelessly inadequate response to these hoaxes, we still consider it worth reporting them. Occasionally, Facebook does actually respond and remove the reported images. And, if enough users continue to report the hoaxes, perhaps Facebook will belatedly attempt to do something to curtail them.

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Last updated: May 21, 2013
First published: May 21, 2013
By Brett M. Christensen
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