Facebook Hoax: Zuckerberg Not Giving Away $$$ To Users

FILE - In this March 25, 2015, file photo, Mark Zuckerberg talks about the Messenger app during the Facebook F8 Developer Conference in San Francisco. Brazilians awoke to a day without WhatApp Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015 after a judge ordered the popular messaging app blocked throughout the country for 48 hours.Zuckerberg, who heads WhatsApp's parent company Facebook, indicated in a Facebook post that the case was related to the company's attempt to guard customers' data. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

A Facebook post going viral saying Mark Zuckerberg will give users millions of dollars is a hoax, fact-checking website Snopes.com reports.

The original post reads:

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.

The origin of the false post started on December 1st when Mark Zuckerberg posted on Facebook announcing the birth of his daughter and that he and his wife will donate 99 percent of their Facebook shares, valued at $45 billion, during their lives.

The new hoax claims that by copy and pasting a post to your page and thanking Zuckerberg could put you in the running for $4.5 million. Some posts also claim that it was announced on “Good Morning America.” This is not true.

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