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Sorry, Mark Zuckerberg isn't handing out millions to Facebook users

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We're sorry to be the bearers of bad news, but that Facebook post claiming founder Mark Zuckerberg is giving away money to users is a hoax.

You may have seen the post, with a message such as:

"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 and tag 5-10 of your friends. 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."

The post originates from Zuckerberg's announcement that he and his wife would be giving away 99% of their Facebook shares, worth about $45 billion, to humanitarian causes.

While Zuckerberg hasn't given specific details about who will receive that money, he won't be giving it out to people who share the viral post, according to myth-debunking website Snopes.

It wasn't clear where the hoax originated, but it didn't come from Zuckerberg.

The fake Facebook announcement was the most popular page on Snopes Monday.

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