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Dying Child Hoax
These hoaxes are designed to play with your heartstrings. They often involve sharing a picture of a sick child claiming that “liking” or sharing the image will get the child the life saving operation they require. In reality, the post means nothing and all you are doing is circulating a picture of a sick child that could be causing more heartache for the family than any good. Often the picture will be old and the child could already be deceased, which is obviously distressing for anyone who knew him or her. You are better off only sharing campaigns where you know who is involved and can guarantee its authenticity.
Fake Celebrity Videos
These hoaxes lure you in by providing a link to a video that claims a celebrity is doing something outrageous. Once you are lured into clicking play, you will be made to share the video and then directed to a malicious app where you will be asked to give permission for them to access your profile. If you click Accept, they will use your account to spam your friends with similar videos that you will be unable to prevent. After all this, the video you wanted to see in the first place doesn’t even exist. Always check for a reliable source before clicking on such a link, especially if it has an attention grabbing headline.
Facebook Charging Money
Facebook has been a free service since its creation and even states it “is free and always will be”. There have been countless hoaxes claiming Facebook is going to start charging its users, sometimes involving detailed pricing costs and confirmed by the ‘news’. It claims you have to share their notification on your wall to become exempt from the charges. This is all nonsense. No matter how reputable the claim may seem, Facebook will not charge you for its use.
You may see advertisements for apps which can add new features to your Facebook, such as adding a ‘dislike’ button to people’s posts. In fact, this is just a script, which takes over you account and spams your friends with various events & pages. No third party app will be able to affect the features of Facebook. Updates will come directly from Facebook themselves, and if you cannot tell if it’s legit or not, it probably isn’t.