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Satire Alert: Mark Zuckerberg Offers Facebook Users $1000 To Stop Sharing Hoaxes About Him Giving Away Money

  • by: Maarten Schenk
  • (Mon, 04 Jan 2016 09:07:23 Z)


Source: NewsThump

We here at Lead Stories love internet hoaxes. Sometimes we even fall for them but most of the time we happily debunk them for sport. That's why we love satirical website NewsThump's latest piece about Mark Zuckerberg. It's so meta it made us go cross-eyed.

There are several hoaxes doing the rounds that say Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is giving away all or part of his money to Facebook's users, if only they share some silly status update about it. None of them are true it goes without saying. Here is one example which we debunked recently.

NewsThump brilliantly turns this on its head, saying Zuckerberg has gotten so sick and tired of these fake stories that he is now offering $1000 to each Facebook user if they can all just stop sharing silly hoaxes for one month.

The story has been liked/shared by over 18,000 people so far. We here are left wondering how many actually believed it was real...

About the author:

Maarten Schenk is our resident expert on fake news and hoax websites. He likes to go beyond just debunking trending fake news stories and is endlessly fascinated by the dazzling variety of psychological and technical tricks used by the people and networks who intentionally spread made-up things on the internet.  He can often be found at conferences and events about fake news, disinformation and fact checking when he is not in his office in Belgium monitoring and tracking the latest fake article to go viral.

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