Widespread protest message warns that Facebook is trying to get users to remove a circulating nativity scene image because it is “offensive”.
The claims in the message are untrue. Since it first began circulating several years ago, the very same message with the very same picture has resurfaced every year as Christmas approaches. There is no evidence that Facebook has ever tried to remove the image nor is there any reason why the company would wish to do so. Moreover, many thousands of similar nativity scene images circulate on Facebook every year.
According to a would-be protest message that begins circulating anew in the months leading up to Christmas every year, Facebook is trying to get its users to remove an attached nativity scene image from their profiles because it is offensive. The message asks users to “band together” to prove Facebook wrong, presumably by reposting and liking the image as much as possible.
However, the claims in the message are false. There is no evidence of any kind to back up the claim that Facebook is trying to get the picture removed. In fact, thousands of religious orientated images are posted on Facebook every single day with nary a squeak of protest from Facebook. There is no reason why this particular image should be treated any differently by Facebook then the thousands of other such images that regularly circulate on the network. In other words, Facebook does not care in the slightest if you post the picture or not.
Of course, if the copyright holder of the artwork specifically requested its removal from the network, then Facebook might well remove it on legal grounds. However, given that the picture has circulated far and wide for years on end, it is clear that Facebook has NOT taken any action to remove it because of a copyright breach, or any other reason.
Every year, as Christmas approaches, the same message with the same picture again gains momentum on Facebook. And, every year, Facebook continues to NOT remove the image.
Over the years since it was first launched, the original message has apparently spawned other versions featuring other nativity scene images. The alternative versions also claim that Facebook is intent on removing the accompanying image. But, as with the original version, these removal claims are nonsense.
Scam “protest” messages that claim that a particular image is being removed because it has been deemed offensive are quite common on Facebook. Other versions have falsely claimed that military-related images, poppy images, and even images depicting national flags have been removed or banned by Facebook.
Many of these false protest messages are the work of callous Facebook like-farmers intent on promoting their Facebook Pages or profiles by tricking people into sharing, liking, and commenting. In other cases, the fake messages are apparently created and distributed by individuals or groups intent on promoting a particular political or religious worldview.
Reposting such nonsense does nothing more than cater to the sick desires of unscrupulous and immoral individuals who will stoop to any depths to promote themselves or further their agendas. Don’t help them achieve their aims by liking, sharing, or commenting.
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!