According to good morning america, not a hoax! mark zuckerberg

— — The prospect of cashing in on Facebook’s millions appears to have duped many of the social media site’s users.

A message began circulating on Facebook earlier this month falsely claiming that Zuckerberg said that if users liked a specific legitimate post that he had shared, posted a specific message explaining the alleged giveaway and tagged five friends on that post, then they would have a chance to win some shares of the company.

The supposed payout: 10 percent of the estimated $45 billion worth of Facebook shares that Zuckerberg announced he is donating to charity.

Variations of the hoax message have been posted online, with some praising Zuckerberg for his “forward-thinking generosity” and others saying they saw the story verified on “Good Morning America,” which never ran any story about the message but did accurately report Zuckerberg’s original planned $45 billion donation to charity, as did many other media outlets.

It’s unclear who posted the original hoax, but Facebook has since confirmed to ABC News that the online claims are “untrue.”

On Dec. 9, the company posted an update on their own Facebook page countering the bogus story.

“Friends don’t let friends copy and paste memes. 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. Be safe out there, sweepstakes seekers,” the post reads.

This is far from the first apparent hoax calling for users to share a specific message, as the ruse has been tested many times before.

For the skeptical social media users, there were a couple of clues that indicate that something was off. The first is several typos in the message that had to be copied. The second was that some versions of the post said users would be notified they won via an emoticon.

Good Morning America: Mark Zuckerberg Really Is Giving Away Facebook Stock-Fiction!

Summary of eRumor:
Mark Zuckerberg is giving away Facebook stock to random people because he’s tired of the many scams that have made that false claim on the social media site, Good Morning America and other news outlets have supposedly reported.
The Truth:
Contrary to rumors, Mark Zuckerberg still isn’t giving Facebook stock to random people who share a message on the social media site.
False reports of that Mark Zuckerberg would give 10% of his Facebook stock to 1,000 random users surfaced in early December 2015. TruthorFiction.com reported on those claims and easily proved them to be false.
Still, variations of the Zuckerberg Facebook stock giveaway claim have persisted. One version of the rumor claimed that ABC’s “Good Morning America” had confirmed that this time the Facebook stock giveaway was not a hoax. That’s false. The show has never reported on the Facebook stock giveaway scam, so that claim is completely fabricated.
Then, an article that appeared on the fake news website the Abodo Chronicles reported that Mark Zuckerberg had partnered with the online publication to “give away $4.5 million each to $1,000 Facebook users.” The (fake) story goes that Zuckerberg was tired of the Facebook stock giveaway rumors, so he decided to make them a reality:

MENLO PARK, California (The Adobo Chronicles) – Mark Zuckerberg is tired of the hoax that has been circulating on Facebook, asking users to share a supposed message that the Facebook founder is giving away $4.5 Million to 1,000 people.

Well, if you can’t lick ’em, join ’em. That’s what Zuckerberg is doing exactly.

Today, Zuckerberg announced that he is partnering with Silicon Valley-based The Adobo Chronicles to make the hoax a reality.

Again the story encourages readers to “share” a message on Facebook to become eligible for the massive Facebook giveaway. However, the Abodo Chronicles isn’t a trusted source of news, according to its “About Us” page:

THE ADOBO CHRONICLES is your source of up-to-date, unbelievable news. Everything you read on this site is based on fact, except for the lies.

Anytime that you learn about Facebook changing policies (or giving away stock) from a contact who “shares” a post, it’s a hoax. Facebook has said that it would never communicate information to users this way, and users are encouraged to report this type of scam by following these steps.

Time to debunk another viral Facebook rumor!

Sorry, folks. Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg will not be giving away any money or Facebook stock to anyone.

According to the hoax, Zuckerberg plans to give away $45 billion in Facebook stock, with 10 percent of that going to Facebook users who copy and paste the post.

The message has been posted in different variations by hundreds of users. Some of them even claim it was discussed on Good Morning America.

“According to Good Morning America, Not a hoax! Mark Zuckerberg has announced that he is giving away $45 billion of Facebook stock. What you may not have heard is that he plans to give 10% of it away to people like YOU and ME! All you have to do is copy and paste this message into a post IMMEDIATELY. At midnight PST, Facebook will search through the day’s post and award 1000 people with $4.5 million Each as a way of saying thank you for making Facebook such a powerful vehicle for connection.”

Facebook has posted a message saying that the post is just a hoax.

Good Morning America has also said they’ve never run anything about this on their show.

According to Forbes, the hoax likely started after Zuckerberg and his wife, Dr. Priscilla Chan, announced they would be giving away 99 percent of their Facebook shares to charitable causes – an amount that equals roughly $45 billion.

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I received this email today how I won a Grand Prize of $10 million USD. Here is the email with links as well:
Hurray!
Its hard to believe it right??? Facebook celebrates its first decade anniversary (2004 – 2014). That means 10-years ago, I, Mark Zuckerberg and my pals were in our Harvard dorm rooms making history, launching what would become the largest social network of all time, now rolling in billions of dollars via commercials, with company worth of over a hundred billion dollars ( http://www.statisticbrain.com/facebook-statistics/ ).
To help commemorate this occasion, we are giving back to 10,000 users $10,000.00 USD (Ten Thousand Dollars) and a grand prize of 10,000,000.00 USD (Ten Million Dollars) to 10 lucky users and has launched a new feature called Look Back, where each user’s “Look Back” compilation contains 15 or so of your most-liked photos, statuses, and life events set to a catchy tune. Find yours at https://facebook.com/lookback/#FacebookIs10 . So, it’s all about 10.
This is to notify you that your account registered with your email address ([email protected]) has won in the grand prize category of $10,000,000.00 USD (Ten Million Dollars) in this on going 10 years anniversary, aimed at encouraging Facebook users to stay active on the largest, reliable and most used social media, and at the same time increasing our active fans base, which has translated into perpetually increased profit for the multi billion dollar company since its inception (10 years ago). In the quest to continue to increase customers satisfaction, Facebook have acquired Whatsapp in a multi billion deal, to improve our chatting medium, with many more acquisition in the way.
This is also a way of giving back to our esteemed users some of the incomes (profits/proceeds) generated from adverts, commercials, sponsorships, and more and most especially to say THANK YOU for signing up at all on the website thereby making it the world’s largest social media on the internet with over 1billion users. We say thank you once again and encourage you to keep using your account on Facebook for other possible benefits in the future and to help take it to a greater height.
Please, get back for the verification of your details for prompt payment by replying with your Name and Unique Code (FB/BF10-10M5250UD) to the Verification Department head (Bill David) of the Facebook Team, at [email protected] (please, add this email address to your contact list or check your Junk Folder always so you don’t miss any future correspondence from us).
Congratulations from all of us.
Mark Zuckerberg
Facebook Team
Copyright © 2014 Facebook Int’l.
I don’t believe this to be true?? If he was I am sure it would be posted on FB itself. But not for the nonsense it is talking about. Please let me know. Because I do believe it is a scam!!
Thank you
Marie R
DawnsRae

Facebook Hoax: Mark Zuckerberg Is Not Giving Away $4.5 Million To 1,000 Users

Facebook Hoax / Image Credit: Amit Chowdhry

This article has been updated on January 4, 2016 with Mark Zuckerberg’s response to the hoax.

Another Facebook hoax has gone viral this month. According to the hoax, Facebook co-founder and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg is giving away $4.5 million to 1,000 random people for simply copying and pasting a message into a post.

Dozens of users have been posting the message with different variations and some claimed that it is not a hoax. Other variations thanked Zuckerberg for his “forward-thinking generosity.” And another variation of the hoax said that a few people are “supposed to be blessed” with a gift smile emoticon that indicates they are a winner.

The hoax says: “According to Good Morning America, Not a hoax! Mark Zuckerberg has announced that he is giving away $45 billion of Facebook stock. What you may not have heard is that he plans to give 10% of it away to people like YOU and ME! All you have to do is copy and paste this message into a post IMMEDIATELY. At midnight PST, Facebook will search through the day’s post and award 1000 people with $4.5 million Each as a way of saying thank you for making Facebook such a powerful vehicle for connection.” This messages is clearly a hoax, but many people have still fallen for it. A Facebook spokesperson confirmed with NBC that this hoax was not true. Good Morning America said it never ran a story about the message. And earlier this month, Facebook also posted a status from its official account warning users about the hoax.

The hoax appears to be referring to the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. Following the birth of their daughter, Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Dr. Priscilla Chan, recently announced that they will be giving away 99% of their Facebook shares to charitable causes — which amounts to roughly $45 billion. The initial focus of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative will be curing disease, personalized learning and connecting people.

This is not the first hoax that went viral on Facebook. Some of the other scams that went viral on Facebook over the years includes a message that said users have to pay for their privacy, a message that claims it gives users copyright protection to their content, the “Secret Sister Gift Exchange” hoax, a “Game of Thrones” hoax, etc. Fortunately, Facebook announced at the beginning of the year that it was planning to reduce the number of hoaxes from appearing in the News Feed so you may not have seen the aforementioned message. Snopes.com, a website that reviews hoaxes on the Internet, confirmed that this is simply another “something for nothing” scam that regularly circulates on the Internet. This hoax may remind you of spam emails claiming Bill Gates is giving out his money to people that forwarded it to a certain number of friends.

“Friends don’t let friends copy and paste memes. 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. Be safe out there, sweepstakes seekers,” said Facebook in a post.

Update: On January 3, 2016, Mark Zuckerberg wrote a post on Facebook that calls out the hoax directly. When Mark Zuckerberg wrote a Facebook post about his personal challenge for 2016, a user commented on the post asking him if “he was still giving away the million dollars.” Here is what Zuckerberg said in response:

“We’re giving away 99% of our wealth over our lifetimes to improve education, health, science and more for the world, but we’re not giving money to random people on Facebook. The meme going around saying we’re giving away money to random people is false.”

Do you know someone that fell for this hoax or did you fall for it? Please leave a comment!

Facebook will give up to $1 million to as many as five people and hand out a total of $10 million to community leaders who use its services “to bring people closer together.”

The company unveiled its Facebook Community Leadership Program at its Communities Summit event in London this week.

“This program is about finding and supporting great community leaders wherever they are,” CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a Facebook post.

The company has faced intense scrutiny from critics who say it allowed Russian propagandists and other groups to use its advertising tools to target users with divisive messages, hate speech and other harmful content.

The company wants to reward those who use its platform for good, according to Zuckerberg.

“Our goal is to find people who are using Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, and Messenger to bring people closer together,” he wrote in the post.

“We’ll pick up to five leaders around the world and give them up to $1 million to fund their ideas for doing even more. We’ll invite 100 leaders to be part of our fellowship program that includes training, mentorship, and up to $50,000 for a specific initiative,” Zuckerberg wrote.

Mark Zuckerberg says he’s giving away 99% of his Facebook shares — worth $45 billion today

Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan. Rick Wilking/Reuters Mark Zuckerberg announced Tuesday that he’s giving away 99% of his Facebook shares — valued at $45 billion today —during his lifetime.

The Facebook CEO announced the news in a letter to his newborn daughter, Max.

Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, created the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. Its mission mimics much of what Zuckerberg and Chan’s donations have focused on in the past: personalized learning, curing diseases, and connecting people.

The move is not surprising given that five years ago Zuckerberg signed the “Giving Pledge” — along with other tech billionaires such as Bill Gates — to give away the majority of his wealth.

Zuckerberg will retain control of the majority of Facebook voting rights for the foreseeable future, and has limited himself to giving away no more than $1 billion in Facebook stock each year for the next three years, according to an SEC filing.

Because of Facebook’s unique dual-class structure, where he owns special super voting shares, Zuckerberg can give away ordinary shares of stock while still maintaining majority control of the social network he founded in 2004.

The Facebook CEO announced his donation in a letter to his newborn daughter, Max.

Today your mother and I are committing to spend our lives doing our small part to help solve these challenges. I will continue to serve as Facebook’s CEO for many, many years to come, but these issues are too important to wait until you or we are older to begin this work. By starting at a young age, we hope to see compounding benefits throughout our lives. As you begin the next generation of the Chan Zuckerberg family, we also begin the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative to join people across the world to advance human potential and promote equality for all children in the next generation. Our initial areas of focus will be personalized learning, curing disease, connecting people and building strong communities. We will give 99% of our Facebook shares — currently about $45 billion — during our lives to advance this mission. We know this is a small contribution compared to all the resources and talents of those already working on these issues. But we want to do what we can, working alongside many others.

Chan and Zuckerberg made a video before Max was born about their new project.

‘Wow’

With the announcement, philanthropists such as Bill Gates and Bono congratulated the young couple on giving away the majority of their money.

Bill and Melinda Gates wrote in a press release:

As for your decision to give back so generously, and to deepen your commitment now, the first word that comes to mind is: Wow. The example you’re setting today is an inspiration to us and the world. We can be confident of this: Max and every child born today will grow up in a world that is better than the one we know now. As you say, ‘seeds planted now will grow.’ Your work will bear fruit for many decades to come.

Zuckerberg and Chan have already donated more than $1.6 billion to charity in the past decade, including a $100 million gift to the Newark Public School System, a $25 million donation to the CDC to stop the spread of Ebola, and a $120 million commitment to education in the Bay Area.

Bono, the lead singer of U2, said:

In these troubled times, Mark and Priscilla’s announcement today is life-affirming and will be life-changing for tens of millions of people. The scope of their commitment will be stunning to many, but to their friends it is not surprising. This is who they are. Community for Mark and Priscilla isn’t just a word, it’s a core value. I can’t wait to see what they achieve, not just with their wealth, but by their example and with their ingenuity, creativity and vision applied to some of the biggest challenges — and opportunities — of our time.

Claim: Mark Zuckerberg is giving $4.5 million to 100 Facebook users who share a specific message on the social networking web site.

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Origins: On 1 December 2015, Mark Zuckerberg shared a post on Facebook announcing the birth of his daughter and a pledge to giveaway 99% of his Facebook shares:

“We will give 99% of our Facebook shares — currently about $45 billion — during our lives to advance this mission,” he said. “We know this is a small contribution compared to all the resources and talents of those already working on these issues. But we want to do what we can, working alongside many others.”

A Facebook message claiming that lucky users could win $4.5 million by “immediately” sharing and liking a “Thank You” message to Mark Zuckerberg began circulating online shortly after that announcement:

THANK YOU, MARK ZUCKERBERG, for your forward-thinking generosity! And congrats on becoming a dad!

Mark Zuckerberg has announced that he is giving away $45 billion of Facebook stock. What you may not have heard is that he plans to give 10% of it away to people like YOU and ME! All you have to do is copy and paste this message into a post IMMEDIATELY and tag 5-10 of your friends. At midnight PST, Facebook will search through the day’s posts and award 1000 people with $4.5 million EACH as a way of saying thank you for making Facebook such a powerful vehicle for connection and philanthropy.

I hope someone I know gets a piece of the pie — let me know if you do!!!

While Zuckerberg hasn’t said exactly who will benefit from his philanthropy, the message claiming that random Facebook users can grab $4.5 million by simply liking a post on the social network site did not originate with the Facebook founder. This post is simply another example of the plentiful “something for nothing” hoaxes that have circulated since the early days of the Internet, japes that trick gullible users into forwarding, liking, or sharing messages with the promise of large financial rewards in return.

Last updated: 9 December 2015

Originally published: 3 December 2015

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Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg to give away 99% of shares

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla with their baby girl called Max

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan say they will give away 99% of their shares in the company to good causes as they announce the birth of their daughter Max.

Mr Zuckerberg made the announcement in a letter to Max on his Facebook page.

He said they were donating their fortune to the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative to make the world a better place for Max to grow up in.

The donation amounts to $45bn (£30bn) at Facebook’s current value.

However the shares will not be donated to charity immediately, but over the course of the couple’s lives.

Were Mr Zuckerberg to give away 99% of his shares immediately, he would still possess hundreds of millions of dollars. Ms Chan’s worth has not been documented.

Max was born last week, although her birth was only made public on Tuesday.

In his letter Mr Zuckerberg said the aim of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative is “to advance human potential and promote equality for all children in the next generation”.

Its initial areas of focus will be personalised learning, curing disease, connecting people and building strong communities.

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Both Ms Chan and Mr Zuckerberg are taking parental leave

“Your mother and I don’t yet have the words to describe the hope you give us for the future,” Mr Zuckerberg said at the start of his letter to Max.

“You’ve already given us a reason to reflect on the world we hope you live in,” it added.

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Billionaire investor Warren Buffet congratulated Zuckerberg and Chan, proclaiming that when it comes to giving away your fortune, “30 is the new 70”.

No longer should billionaires wait to die before handing over money to a different generation, Buffet said, in a gushing approval of Silicon Valley’s newest and most influential power couple.

Everything Mark Zuckerberg does is eyed with intense scrutiny, not least due to the nature of Facebook’s business of making money from personal data.

But while the 31-year-old’s previous charitable efforts have been criticised for being too focused on building Facebook’s user base, this latest pledge appears to leave the Facebook business to one side.

It’s a continuation of what we’ve seen developing over the past six months, where Zuckerberg appears at ease hosting heads of state as he does in the company of his own development team.

The days of Mark Zuckerberg being seen as a nerdy, awkward tech dork are well behind us.

His ambition now is clearly to be a significant figure on the global political stage.

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The letter highlighted the important role of technology in achieving the couple’s goals of advancing human potential and equality.

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“Many of the greatest opportunities for your generation will come from giving everyone access to the internet,” Mr Zuckerberg wrote to his daughter.

He said more details about the donation will be released once he and Ms Chan return from paternity and maternity leave.

Mr Zuckerberg said he will remain chief executive of Facebook for “many, many years to come”.

In a filing to the US Securities and Exchange Commision, Facebook said that Mr Zuckerberg “plans to sell or gift no more than $1bn of Facebook stock each year for the next three years and that he intends to retain his majority voting position…for the foreseeable future.”