There has been a recent spate of ‘Sympathy images’ in circulation on Facebook, images depicting all sorts from sick children, to disabled adults asking people to type Amen and Like and share. These posts really annoy me and here is why.
Some of these images say that Facebook will donate X amount if a certain number of likes and shares are reached, this is complete and utter nonsense.
While many people many people may think “What if its real” or “What harm can it do?” The fact is most if not all of these images are just saved off the web and randomly used, you don’t know if that person is now deceased, try to imagine the devastation this could cause a family should they come across it online. Please do not share these photos with your friends. In fact if you go onto most of these pages they are full of similar yet unrelated images, of sick children, disabled adults and other ‘like and share bait’
Below is an example of what I am talking about, I have photo shopped this image to block the patients face, this has the caption “My mom said no one will share me because I have cancer 😥😭 can I get your amen here? 🙏💖 if you’re not ashamed ☺️😚😘😍” ask yourself what Mom would say that to a child and what sick child would post such a thing?
Facebook recommend that users report any photo that they see on Facebook that might fall into this category. If a post receives enough complaints they will eventually take action. Do not comment on or share the photo with your friends, as this helps keep the hoax spreading. Rather than sharing these images share this article and prevent this type of thing happening on Facebook, Please Please Stop sharing them.