It has been confirmed that a post, which claimed that Mark Zuckerberg would sell shares in ‘Facebook’ to reward lucky users for making the site a success, is actually a hoax.
The post insisted that Zuckerberg was to flutter away 10% of his £30bn fortune to 1,000 randomly selected users, if they helped to circulate the plans by sharing a short message that began “THANK YOU, MARK ZUCKERBERG, for your forward thinking generosity”.
Whilst Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan announced that they will be giving away 99% of their Facebook stock to goods causes in order to “advance human potential” at the beginning of December, they did not say anything to encourage what the hoax suggested.
The hoax, which caused hundreds of thousands of people to become involved, gathered momentum over the weekend after Christmas but had been around for weeks before.
Facebook disproved the rumours around a week after they first circulated, by posting the message “while Priscilla and Mark’s pledge to give money to improve the world is real, not everything you read on the internet is, and they’re not giving it away randomly”.