Thus sayeth the latest crap circulating on facebook.
No doubt, if you are a member of Facebook, you have seen many of your friends change their picture to a cartoon in awareness of child abuse. This sort of “slacktivism” is a topic for another time, but hot on the heels of the prolific “change your profile to a cartoon” item is tonights fast-moving hoax:
“PLEASEREAD!!!!!!* The whole change your profile picture to your favoritecartoon character thing was *actually created by a group ofpedophiles*, because if children see pictures of cartoon charactersthey will add them, it was currently on the program internet frauds andwill be on …tv…sometime tonight, put……… t…his as your statusto warn people and change your profile picture back!!!!”
I’m surprised the different versions don’t say: “97 percent won’t repost this!”
If there’s a question in your mind…this is a hoax. The first “bell” that goes off should be that you must be 13 to have a facebook account, and if your child, at 13, will friend a perfect stranger because their profile picture is Smurfette, then that child has problems that go beyond internet exploitation.
Why would anyone repost this nonsense without checking it at all? A quick google would reveal to anyone that there is not one credible source for this “pedophile” assertion. Have we become so gullible?