Sabtu, 28 Juli 2012

"Facebook Like and Share Fundraising" Hoax

Yesterday, one of my facebook friends shares a picture of a baby with saddening condition. The baby’s chest is wide open showing the insides, and it looks so painful that I almost break into tears seeing the condition. The information stated that facebook will donate several bucks whenever a person shares or likes the picture.

I don’t know why, but I think this kind of claim is not legit enough. I refuse to believe this information without valid evidence. So I start searching for the information, and my suspicion is confirmed. Facebook will never donate anything for any ill babies’ pictures that you share on your timeline. In fact, this hoax start to receive a lot of complains from offended parents and families.

As quoted from, “Many of the children have passed, and imagine how devastating it would be for the parent to see the likeness of their child being misused in this way.” 

As a mother, it is very hard for me to see innocent children suffering because of illness that way. We don’t need to keep on reminding their respective families about their children’s suffering. I don’t know what the purpose of people creating this kind of hoax is, but it is definitely a part of insensitivity and the lack of empathy towards other people’s suffering.

Many people don’t think twice to share the pictures for the shake of “humanity”. In fact, when I tell my facebook friend about this fact, he refused to take down the picture and insisted that he did the right thing because he cared about the baby’s well being. I can’t force my opinion so I left the debate without further argument.

I just hope people will start to think carefully about anything they post or share on any type of social media, so there won’t be any misunderstanding or misconception happening about the idea of “humanity”.

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