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Bogus Facebook Post Claims Mark Zuckerberg Will Give Away His Fortune To A Random Person

29/12/2015 09:35 GMT | Updated 29/12/2015 09:59 GMT

We've got some bad news, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg isn't going to make a complete stranger filthy rich.

While to many of us this might not come as a surprise, it hasn't stopped a bogus Facebook post claiming that very thing from becoming a worldwide phenomenon.

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Riding off the back of the news that Zuckerberg would give away 99 per cent of his $45 billion fortune to charity, a Facebook post has started circulating claiming that actually, he would be giving 10 per cent of that away to a total stranger.

The status itself looks in some form or another like this:

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 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.

Of course Facebook did immediately dish out some damage control in the form of this statement:

Friends don't let friends copy and paste memes. While Priscilla and Mark's pledge to give money to improve the world is...

Posted by Facebook on Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Despite all of this however it appears as though the hoax has picked up steam again. Well we're sorry to say that the situation still remains - Zuckerberg won't be giving away his millions to a stranger anytime soon.

Sorry!