Will Twitter donate $1 for every retweet about baby with cancer? No. It’s a hoax

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Tens of thousands of Twitter users have retweeted a message claiming that Twitter will donate $1 per retweet to a baby needing treatment for cancer.

This baby has cancer, Twitter will donate $1 for every retweet. <3

Unfortunately, it’s codswallop. Quite why this particular user chose to post this picture is something that, frankly, is beyond my comprehension. Sadly, other Twitter users are helping to perpetuate the myth by retweeting it.

Last week, a near-identical hoax spread between Facebook users, using the same photograph.

Sigh.. And now the hoax is being spread on Tumblr too..

This baby has cancer, for every reblog Tumblr is going to donate 1 dollar, apparently likes don’t count but i’m not sure, this baby’s parents can’t afford the surgery fee’s so reblog and help save this child’s life.

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.

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