Hyderabad: Coronavirus has infected more than 2, 30,000 people around the world, claiming more than 9800 lives. Many employees working in the private sector have been instructed to work from home since last week. Facebook employees have also been mandated to work from home, after a contractor working in Facebook Headquarters in Seattle, USA, was tested positive for COVID-19. All their offices were closed right after that.

Soon after a message that each Facebook employe will get $1,000 bonus amid COVID-19 Pandemic became viral on social media.

Few users claimed that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has announced a five-figure bonus for its 45000 employees around the world, is going viral on social media.

Few articles even claim that he announced a 6-month salary as a bonus to all his employees

https://www.indiatimes.com/technology/news/facebook-is-giving-its-employees-6-months-salary-bonus-rs-70000-to-help-them-during-covid-19-508645.html

Fact Check:

The Claim that each full-time employee of Facebook will get $ 1000 bonus is TRUE. But the claim that five-figure bonus is being given to the employees is PARTLY TRUE. The company has around 45,000 employees excluding the contractors.

When searched for the news about Facebook announcement about the bonus, we found many articles.

According to the articles, only full-time employees will be given a bonus of $1000 to tackle coronavirus fallout. On March 17, 2020, CEO of the Company Mark Zuckerberg announced this bonus will help Facebook employees during the pandemic. These additional expenses would include setting up home offices or helping out its employees with childcare.

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/03/17/coronavirus-facebook-to-give-1000-bonuses-to-each-of-its-employees.html

https://news.yahoo.com/facebooks-1-000-bonus-only-054742457.html

When $1000 is converted into Indian currency, it becomes a 5-figure bonus.

The claim that Facebook announced a 6-month salary to all its employees is MISLEADING. The company announced to pay $1000 to all its employees irrespective of their salary status. So, some might get a 6-month salary as a bonus, but it does NOT imply for everyone.

Therefore, the claim that Facebook announced a $ 1000 bonus to each of its full-time employees is TRUE. All other claims are MISLEADING.

Satya Priya BN

Motivated professional with a zeal to learn, Sathya Priya has more than 5 years of experience as a Content and Digital manager in Press, Electronic and Digital media. She is Andhra Pradesh government accredited Multimedia Journalist.
Ms Priya has worked for more than 4 years as Web and Digital media manager in Bhaarat Today, telugu TV channel. Along with news, she has experience in television program production. Demonstrated excellent management and leadership skills to lead the Digital Media staff. Worked collaboratively with staff, management and IT support.
A science Post Graduate, with great computing skills, She is a fact checker certified by Google News Initiative. She has also completed Fundamentals of Digital Marketing Certification from Google.

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