This is not the first time that scams and hoaxes have surfaced on social media, but this particular hoax is spreading like wildfire because of the promise it contains and the person involved: Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg.
You may have read the post and even re-posted it in the hope that you’d win big with Zuckerberg, but this isn’t happening – not the way the hype is presented - The Huffington Post writes. This is it below:
“Mark Zuckerberg has announced that he is giving away $45 billion of Facebook stock. What you may not have heard is that he plans to give 10% of it away to people like YOU and ME! All you have to do is copy and paste this message into a post IMMEDIATELY. At midnight PST, Facebook will search through the day's posts and award 1000 people with $4.5 million EACH as a way of saying thank you for making Facebook such a powerful vehicle for connection and philanthropy.”
Although Facebook has come out to officially debunk this claim, yet the hoax continues to spread from sweepstakes seekers across the largest social media platform in the world.
Below is Facebook’s rejoinder on the hoax:
“Friends don't let friends copy and paste memes. While Priscilla and Mark's pledge to give money to improve the world is real, not everything you read on the internet is, and they're not giving it away randomly. Be safe out there, sweepstakes seekers.”
How did the hoax start? Zuckerberg and wife Priscilla had in early December said they’d be giving 99% of their Facebook shares to the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, a philanthropic initiative “to advance human potential and promote equality.”
Immediately after the announcement went public, schemers posted their own version of the announcement and people every started falling for it.
It must be pointed out that this is not the first time creative people have used Facebook to advance their own selfish interests. There was a time rumors had it that Facebook would begin to charge users for the using the platform, and there was also one in which it is said you can now see people who checked your profile and when they did.
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When you’re in doubt, check out Facebook’s official page and read its Terms of Service.