13 Feb 2014 - Article No: 1817
Facebook and CNN donate money for shares? - Internet/Facebook Rumour
Please Dont Ignore ! His parents cant afford surgery so facebook and cnn are paying half of the expenses
1 like - $1
1 comment - 10$
1 share - 100$
A photo of a small child in a hospital bed is circulating Facebook along with the caption that claims liking, commenting or sharing the photo will result with in Facebook or CNN donating money towards the child’s surgery.
However this is just another in a long string of heartless hoaxes that involves stealing photos of sick or disabled children from the Internet and luring Facebook users into sharing them across the Internet in the hope of garnering Facebook followers for Like-Farming Facebook pages. Click here to see how scammers exploit these photos for money.
As far as we can tell, the photo was stolen from a private blog and the child in the photo is called Aili who had surgery a number of years ago and has since recovered. Since we tracked the photo down to a private blog, we are not linking to it for privacy reasons.
It is important NOT to like or share these photos. Past variants of this hoax have caused great distress to the famillies of the children shown in the photos. By spreading these pictures you are helping to circulate a sick, heartless hoax that will not help the child in the photo at all. If you do encounter any of these photos you should hit the Report Photo option to help Facebook get these photos taken down.
The Internet, and social networking sites like Facebook, are perfect platforms for spreading untruths, misinformation, rumor and propaganda. Thousands of inaccurate, exaggerated, deceptive or just plain false messages are circulated every single day.
For the anti-scam community to successfully tackle this plethora of false rumours, it is important that anyone who uses the Internet be able to identify false rumours and fully understands the possible consequences of spreading false information.
We have a two part blog post that helps provide this information. Part 1 deals with how to spot and debunk Internet rumours and Part 2 deals with the reasons why you should never circulate false information.
Additionally if you have fallen for this rumour or have Facebook friends that have, you can join our growing Facebook page here.