Message claims that Facebook will donate $1 to help a baby with a large growth on her face every time the baby’s photograph is liked on Facebook.
The message is a vile hoax. Facebook will certainly not donate money to help the pictured child in exchange for liking. Any message that makes such a claim is certain to be a hoax. The child’s photograph was stolen and used without the authorization of her parents or family. If you see the picture, please DO NOT share, like or comment on it. Instead, please report the picture to Facebook.
This message, which is currently circulating on Facebook, claims that Facebook will donate $1 to help a baby with a large growth on her face each and every time that the child’s picture is “liked” on the network.
However, the claim that Facebook will donate money to help this child when her picture is liked is a malicious lie. Facebook will certainly not donate a dollar or any other amount to help the child in exchange for “likes”. The message is a nasty hoax. The baby’s photograph was stolen from a news website and used in this disgusting hoax without the permission of her parents or family.
A September 2009 Sky News reported that included the same photograph noted that the child’s name is Tiba Aftan who was born in the heavily-bombed area of Fallujah, Iraq. The side by side pictures of Tiba show shots before and after she had an operation in Jordon to remove the growth. At the time the news article was published, Tiba was reportedly doing well although more surgery was still required.
But, rest assured that liking this photograph will do nothing whatsoever to help Tiba.
In fact, this hoax is just one more in a spate of Facebook hoax messages that feature a child’s image without his or her parent’s permission. These types of messages are NOT harmless. Often, the unauthorized circulation of such photographs causes great distress to the child’s family. Sharing such hoax messages is immoral and irresponsible. And since they do absolutely zero to help the pictured children, sharing these messages is utterly pointless as well.
If you encounter one of these hoax messages, PLEASE do not share it with others. Instead, report the image 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 because it puts the offending photo on to the news feeds/tickers of your Facebook friends.
You can help by reporting these images and letting your friends know that they are hoaxes. Remember that any message that claims that money will be donated in exchange for forwarding, sharing or liking a picture is certain to be a hoax.
Importance NoticeAfter considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.
These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.
Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.
And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.
When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.
I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.
A Big Thank YouI would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.
I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.
Closing DateHoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.
Thank you, one and all!