Zuckerberg ‘Thank You’ Hoax

It seems some of you fools are falling for this new Facebook hoax called the Zuckerberg ‘Thank You’.

Mark Zuckerberg is not giving $4.5 million to Facebook users who share a “thank you” message.long island social media

This latest facebook hoax is not nearly as prolific as a few before, but I’ve seen two posts on my newsfeed today. I thought it would wound down, but a week later I wish you idiots, would please make it stop.

In a public letter to his newborn daughter, Mark Zuckerberg recently announced that he and his wife would be giving 99% of their Facebook shares to the causes of ‘advancing human potential’ and ‘promoting equality’. In the letter, he notes:

As you begin the next generation of the Chan Zuckerberg family, we also begin the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative to join people across the world to advance human potential and promote equality for all children in the next generation. Our initial areas of focus will be personalized learning, curing disease, connecting people and building strong communities.

We will give 99% of our Facebook shares — currently about $45 billion — during our lives to advance this mission. We know this is a small contribution compared to all the resources and talents of those already working on these issues. But we want to do what we can, working alongside many others.

The prankster who created this ridiculous hoax message has obviously used wide spread publicity about the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative announcement to add totally undeserved substance to his or her claims. And, of course, the hoax is reminiscent of several other hoaxes that have falsely claimed that you could get money or prizes just by sending on a message. The most long-lived of these is a hoax that claimed that Microsoft’s Bill Gates would send you money if you participated in a ‘beta test’ by forwarding an email. Versions of this hoax have circulated since at least 1997.

If this Mark Zuckerberg hoax comes your way, don’t be tempted to share it. All such messages do is clutter our networks with even more pointless rubbish. Copying and pasting the message may also make you look rather gullible and foolish in front of your Facebook friends.

It said,

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.

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For the sake of all that is social media, think before you post. If you want more information about its stupidity just check out Snopes. But, Fyi… if Mark Zuckerberg was giving money away to facebook users as a ‘Thank You’, I kind of think it might be written somewhere other than your friend Jeff’s Facebook feed. The New York Times or maybe 60 minutes would have mentioned it. For that matter, has coke ever thrown money out of vending machines or Oreo given you free cookies because you went shopping. The answer is no.