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'Parents Can't Afford Surgery' Sick Baby Hoax

Outline
Circulating Facebook post that features an image of a baby with a large surgery scar claims that Facebook and CNN will donate money to cover the family's medical expenses whenever users like, share or comment on the image.

Brief Analysis
The message is a disgraceful hoax created by a despicable Facebook scammer. Facebook and CNN will certainly not donate money to help the pictured child in exchange for liking, sharing or commenting. The image was stolen from another source and reused in the hoax without permission. The hoax is an attempt to garner large amounts of likes and shares for a particular Facebook page or profile. Do not foster the goal of the sick and twisted user who created this hoax by liking, sharing or commenting.


Example

Please Dont Ignore !
His parents can't afford surgery so facebook and cnn are paying half of the expenses
1 like - $1
1 comment - 10$

1 share - 100$



Detailed Analysis
According to a post that is circulating rapidly via Facebook, users can help cover the medical costs of a sick baby just by liking, sharing or commenting on a photograph of the child. The message claims that the child's parents cannot afford surgery, so CNN and Facebook will pay $1 per like, $10 per comment and $100 per share with the goal of covering half the medical expenses. The message features a photograph of a young child on a bed with a large surgery scar on her chest.


However, the claims in the message are heinous lies. Liking, sharing or commenting on the picture will do nothing whatsoever to help the child. Neither Facebook nor CNN will donate as much as a cent. The message is just one more in a long series of disgusting sick child hoaxes.

The image of the child was apparently stolen from a 2012 blog post that discussed the baby's surgery. The blog's author published the photo and other information about the baby that was sent to her by the child's mother. Neither the blog's author nor the child's parents would have ever intended or imagined that the child's image would later be used in such a disgraceful hoax.

The blog post suggests that the child recovered from her surgery. Circulating her picture violates her and her family's privacy and will do nothing to help. Sharing the hoax is irresponsible and immoral.

Why may you ask would any person stoop so low as to steal a picture of a sick child and use it in a Facebook hoax? Sadly, these sick individuals do so only with the intent of gathering as many likes, shares and comments as they can. Their goal is to promote their Facebook Page or profile, or in some cases, a third-party website.

Any post that claims that a company will donate money to help a sick child based on how many times an image is shared, liked or commented on is sure to be a hoax.

If one of these hoaxes comes your way, please report it 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 by putting the offending photo on to the news feeds of your Facebook friends.

You can also help by making sure that your Facebook friends are aware of such hoaxes and do not perpetrate the problem by liking and sharing them.


Last updated: February 24, 2014
First published: February 24, 2014
By Brett M. Christensen
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