All of ours Facebook newsfeeds are full of posts related with two things these days – the Miss Universe blunder and Mark Zuckerberg giving away $4.5 million to 1000 Facebook users for sharing a post. Unfortunately, one of these two stories is a hoax and how we wish the Miss Universe blunder didn’t actually take place but it’s the Facebook thing we are talking about here.
If you’ve posted a Facebook status saying that you stand a chance to get $4.5 million from Mark Zuckerberg if you just share this post, I hate to break it to you, but you have fallen victim to yet another Facebook hoax. There’s this big Facebook hoax going around, and we are here to tell you to STOP SHARING IT.
It all started on December 2nd when Mark Zuckerberg wrote a post on his Facebook handle after becoming a dad, which read:
“Priscilla and I are so happy to welcome our daughter Max into this world! For her birth, we wrote a letter to her about the world we hope she grows up in. It’s a world where our generation can advance human potential and promote equality — by curing disease, personalizing learning, harnessing clean energy, connecting people, building strong communities, reducing poverty, providing equal rights and spreading understanding across nations. We are committed to doing our small part to help create this world for all children. We will give 99% of our Facebook shares — currently about $45 billion — during our lives to join many others in improving this world for the next generation. Thank you to everyone in this community for all your love and support during the pregnancy. You’ve given us hope that together we can build this world for Max and all children.”
Yes, Mark did commit to donate about $45 billion during his lifetime but he never said that he is going to give it away to random Facebook users for sharing a post. The origins of this post are unknown, but it follows the same format as other ‘get free stuff!’ posts in the past. So, next time you see it, let the person know they are being bamboozled!