Example:   [Collected on Facebook, January 2012]
>SHARE< for this baby
PLEASE SHARE, THANKS!
By: 999,999,999 people
Origins: This appeal to help a child with cancer hit Facebook in January 2012, with a picture of a supposedly cancer-stricken infant accompanied by text claiming that Facebook would pay
This appeal is merely yet another reiteration of a long-running class of hoax which lures the gullible into spreading such messages by promising that some entity will donate money for treatment of cancer (or some other disease) every time the message is forwarded or posted or shared on the Internet. Multiple charities and companies have been unfairly dragged into such hoaxes over the years by being named in messages like these, causing them to
The child pictured is a Vietnamese orphan who was adopted by a California family several years ago, and almost certainly his photo (which was taken in 2005 at the orphanage in Vietnam where he lived prior to his adoption) was selected at random by the hoaxsters for their purposes, as that same image has been present on the Internet since at least
Others versions of this hoax positing that Facebook would donate $1 every time the item was shared have circulated using a variety of different pictures:
He is terribly sick :(
What if this was your baby? Would you care at all?
Facebook will donate $1 for every share
This child has lost his 4 limbs in a school bus accident. Facebook will pay 1$ for every share..... "
Last updated: 10 July 2012
Cook, Morgan. "Mother Works to Stop Exploitation of Child for Online Hoax." North County Times. 9 February 2012.