Fake News: Facebook Is NOT Donating $1 Each Time Photo Is Shared Of This Puppy's "Tumor"

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  • by: Ryan Cooper
Fake News: Facebook Is NOT Donating $1 Each Time Photo Is Shared Of This Puppy's "Tumor"

Is Facebook donating a dollar each time a user shares a photo of a puppy with a "tumor"? No, that's not true: The post is clearly untrue, and the so-called tumor is nothing more than an avocado in the dog's mouth. The author noted in the comments that it is just "a dog meme."

The claim originated from a post (archived here) published by Therapy Dogs Give Love on May 10, 2019. It opened:

For every time this photo is shared, Facebook will donate $ 1 for the treatment of this puppy's "tumor" Amen. πŸ™*

Users on social media only saw this title, description and thumbnail:

The post has generated tens of thousands of shares, comments, and engagements since it was posted. It includes an asterisk after the claim. Users who read the comments section of the post may see what the asterisk refers to:

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The Facebook page is for Vancouver ecoVillage, a Canadian non-profit that provides therapeutic services, including therapy dogs for those recuperating in hospitals. In the comments, several users have questioned why the organization would make such a post:

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Later in the comments section, the author made a new post:

*****Please everyone, NO money has ever been exchanged. Not a penny. Its just a post which seems to show people not to believe everything you read on Facebook lol! FB never gives money out to anyone anyways. We are a bit surprised that so many people would not see its an avacado. No harm has ever been meant by this and there has been no donations sent to anyone.

While some people thought the post was funny, other users noted that avocados could cause serious medical issues for dogs.

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  Ryan Cooper

Ryan Cooper, a staff writer and fact-checker for Lead Stories, is the former Director of Programming at CNN International, where he helped shape the network's daily newscasts broadcast to more than 280 million households around the world. He was based at the network's Los Angeles Bureau. There, he managed the team responsible for a three-hour nightly program, Newsroom LA.

Formerly, he worked at the headquarters in Atlanta, and he spent four years at the London bureau. An award-winning producer, Cooper oversaw the network's Emmy Award-winning coverage of the uprising in Egypt in 2011. He also served as a supervising producer during much of the network's live reporting on the Israel-Hezbollah conflict in 2006, for which CNN received an Edward R. Murrow Award.

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