A fake post circulating on Facebook is claiming that CEO Mark Zuckerberg is giving away a cut of his fortune to users of the site.
The con says that Zuckerberg will donate 10% of his $45 billion (Â£29.6 billion) to 1,000 people & all they need to do to be in with a chance of being picked is to copy & share the post.
The post reads: â€œMark Zuckerberg has announced that he is giving away $45 billion of Facebook stock. What you may not have heard is that he plans to five 10% of it away to people like YOU & ME!
â€œAll you have to do is copy & paste this message into a post IMMEDIATELY. At midnight PST, Facebook will search through the dayâ€™s posts & award 1000 people with $4.5 million EACH as a way of saying thank you for making Facebook such a powerful vehicle for connection & philanthropyâ€.
The hoax encourages users to copy & share the fake information (Facebook)
To the disappointment of many, Facebook has confirmed that the post is a hoax.
The fake post was given an element of plausibility by the fact that Zuckerberg & his wife Priscilla Chan recently announced that they would be giving away 99% of their Facebook shares.
They made the announcement to celebrate the birth of their first child, & explained that they would be using the money to set up an initiative to support worthy causes.
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Source: “Yahoo News”