Hoax: Zuckerberg not giving millions to users

Viral post is a hoax

Max Chan Zuckerberg, Mark Zuckerberg, Priscilla Chan Zuckerberg
In this undated photo provided by Mark Zuckerberg, Max Chan Zuckerberg is held by her parents, Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan Zuckerberg. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife announced the birth of their daughter, Max, as well as plans to donate most of their wealth to a new organization that will tackle a broad range of the world's ills. (Mark Zuckerberg via AP)

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) — 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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