Facebook is not, nor will they ever be in the business of donating money to causes based on sharing content on the site. This is a fact, not a theory. But some people still fail to understand this. Even people who know that it’s probably a scam will sometimes share the status or photo anyway, simply using the “what could it hurt” excuse.
And this is how viral scams are spread. If people simply stopped sharing content from like and share-whores, the problem would work itself out.
Sadly, this is probably not going to happen any time soon. That’s why we have to bring to your attention the latest hoax spreading across Facebook.
This one purports that Facebook is donating $1 to sick, starving children if you share a photo of them. This is simply not true.
“I’m not asking you to like this, but please do share because Facebook donates $1 for these sick children for every single share,” says the image (via Hoax Slayer).
Sharing hoaxes are some of the oldest types of hoaxes on Facebook. One recent hoax status suggested that a teenage boy needed life-saving surgery after being shot by his stepfather. Of course, the story was complete BS and all that sharing it accomplished was polluting people’s news feed. But it was shared – a lot.
Of course, sharing a status isn’t as tempting as sharing a photo. Last month, a scam spread around Facebook that featured a doctored photo of Bill Gates holding a sign that said he would give $5,000 to everyone who shared the photo. The photo was shared hundreds of thousands of times before Facebook yanked it.
Stop, think, and remember that Facebook doesn’t give out money based on shares. Nobody does. Just don’t click that share button.