Sorry, Mark Zuckerberg is not giving $45 billion to 1,000 random Facebook users

Reality Check: Mark Zuckerberg Is NOT Giving Away Money

What a time to be alive: According to a much-shared Facebook post, you only need to be on Facebook to enter a magical lottery of sorts, in which the Facebook co-founder and CEO will give out $4.5 million to 1,000 random users.

The only problem with this, and every similar post in history, is that it's a hoax.

The message being massively shared on Facebook comes in several variants, with some claiming it's not a hoax as it's been confirmed by this or that media outlet (see example below). The message further claims that 10% of Zuckerberg's $45 billion-worth Facebook stock will be randomly shared among 1,000 users who share the message further.

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We've long come to terms with the fact that someone will always fall for these; as usual, common sense and a simple Google search is enough to figure out the truth.

While the NBC News checked with Facebook, whose spokesperson confirmed this isn't true, it was blatantly obvious that this was a hoax — if for no other reason, then for the fact that in his original announcement about giving away his wealth, Zuckerberg mentioned nothing about a lottery for Facebook users.

We'll file this one right next to the other infamous Facebook hoaxes, including the privacy alert hoax, as well as the most common of them all, the hoax that claims Facebook will start charging users for its service.

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