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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg probably isn't giving you any money.
A post has been circulating with the message that Zuckerberg is looking to give away millions of dollars to ordinary Facebook users. The rumor stems from the announcement that Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, would be giving what is currently $45 billion worth of stock to their LLC, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, in honor of their new daughter.
The post claims that Zuckberberg is handing out $4.5 million to 1,000 users who copy and paste the message, and then share it after tagging five to 10 friends.
No, it's not real, a Facebook spokesperson told NBC News. Much like the countless other scams that have gone viral on Facebook (like the pay-for privacy hoax earlier this year or "Game of Thrones" hoax from 2014), there is no truth to this post.
But that doesn't mean you can't bask in the warm glow of Zuckerberg and his new baby girl, Max. The Facebook CEO recently released a photo of the two cuddling on the couch.
Update 12/28/2015: The hoax continued over the holidays, with some viral posts claiming that ABC's "Good Morning America" confirmed that Zuckerberg was giving away his fortune to Facebook users. ABC News reported that the show did no such thing.
That report followed an earlier post from Facebook confirming that the viral messages were indeed a hoax.