You may not be aware but Facebook has its own currency, and it’s called Likes. It’s so powerful that many Facebook Pages try to get more of it through deceit and lies.
One of the most common ways is to post a picture of a child or baby with a disfiguring ailment and tell people that Facebook is donating $1 for each Like, $3 for each Comment, and $10 for each Share. If that’s not enough, they will try to guilt-trip you by saying that if you ignore it, it means you don’t care about the poor child or baby.
Here is a recent example used by the DAWAT E ISLAM Facebook Page to garner Likes. It uses a picture of a baby with a large growth (which they claim is a brain tumour) on the left side of her head :
SHE IS SUFFERING FROM BRAIN TUMOR..!!! HELP HER PLEASE
Facebook donate for :
LIKE : 1 $
Coment : 3 $
SHARE : 10 $
IGNORE = IF U DONT CARE..
Obviously, this isn’t true. Facebook is not going to donate to her, just because you Liked or Shared the post, or Commented on it. In fact, no organisation in the world would be so frivolous as to base a donation on such ridiculous terms. If they wanted to donate to her, they would do so immediately, without requiring the public to “vote” on how much to donate to her.
There’s more to the story, of course – the truth. Let’s find out who this baby really is, and if there is any truth to the story of her brain tumour at all.
Introducing Baby Isabel
The baby in the picture above is Isabel, born to Yvonne Bull and Anthony Roch on the 1st of March 2012 in Dorset, England. At that time the picture was taken, she was just under 2 months old.
Isabel was born with a purple mark on the left side of her face, which her doctors diagnosed as a strawberry birthmark. However, it grew into golf ball-sized tumour which blistered and eventually ruptured.
A biopsy was ordered and it was discovered that she had a sarcoma (of unknown type) that has since spread to her bone marrow. Five days later, she underwent a six-hour operation to remove the tumour, losing her entire ear in the process.
When she was just 2 months old, two days later, Isabel began chemotherapy. As of the 15th of July 2012, Isabel seemed to be doing well.
Isabel should be almost 3.5 years old by now. We have no idea how she’s doing, but we wish her and her parents the very best.
Needless to say, Facebook was never involved in their case. Just in case you are wondering… 😉
Why Would People Make Up Stories Like That?
In social media, one of the ways to get Followers, Likes or Shares is to post something controversial. Often, the creator does not care about the truth, much less the provenance of any picture or video. In fact, in many cases, they embellish or change the story completely, in order to drive traffic to their blog, website, Facebook Page, Twitter account, Instagram account, etc.
We have often warned people about the price of that Like or Share on social media, but it often falls on deaf ears. That’s why these hoax posts will continue to be created, liked and shared on social media. And they will keep circulating, as long as people choose to share those fake pictures and stories, instead of articles debunking them. Here is a short list of other hoaxes that we have pointed out and debunked recently :
- This Iraqi orphan has never seen her mother so she drew this!
- The Miracle Of Baby Dominic Pio Gundrum
- Journalism At Its Best – Same Bomb In Different Stories
- Adding Milk To Coca-Cola Is Poisonous?
- Killed By A Charging Mobile Phone?
- Was This Girl Killed By A Power Bank?
- Queen Elizabeth Took A Bus For 2 Days To Protest Fuel Cost
- Breasts Absorb And Analyse Saliva To Produce Better Milk