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FALSE: Coca-Cola gives free carton of products to Facebook users

FALSE: Coca-Cola gives free carton of products to Facebook users
The Facebook page that posted the offer is fake. Coca-Cola Philippines urges the public to keep an eye on the promos they receive.
At a glance
  • Claim: A Facebook page is claiming that Coca-Cola is sending one carton of Coca-Cola products for free to 200 selected people who would share and comment on their posts.
  • Rating: FALSE
  • The facts: In a message to Rappler, Coca-Cola Philippines said the Facebook page where the claim came from is not affiliated with the company. 
  • Why we fact-checked this: At the time of writing, one of the Facebook posts has garnered 334 reactions, 366 comments, and 488 shares. The claim was also posted on the “Fact-Checking in the Philippines” Facebook group for verification.
Complete details

Facebook page “Coca-Cola Fans” posted photos that falsely claimed that Coca-Cola would give a carton of Coca-Cola products to 200 selected people who would share and comment on the post. The page repeatedly posted this claim from August 20 to 21.

One of the posts has 334 reactions, 366 comments, and 488 shares, as of writing. The claim was sent to the “Fact-Checking in the Philippines” Facebook group for verification.

This is false.

The Facebook page “Coca-Cola Fans” is a fake Coca-Cola page. The food and beverage company’s verified Facebook page is “COCA-COLA Philippines.

In a message on Facebook, Coca-Cola Philippines told the Rappler team: “Ang trademark at ang iba’t ibang brands ng Coca-Cola Company ay hindi associated sa kahit anong SMS or email promos na kumakalat sa internet na humihingi ng sensitibong impormasyon bago makapag-redeem ng prizes.”

(The trademark and the various brands of the Coca-Cola Company are not associated with any SMS or email promos circulating on the internet that asks for sensitive information before redeeming prizes.)

Coca-Cola Philippines also urged the public to keep an eye on the promos they receive via SMS and email, and warned customers against providing personal details.

There are also no news reports from legitimate news organizations about the said giveaway. For more information about Coca-Cola’s official promotions, refer to its official website, and its verified Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts. – Owenh Toledo/Rappler.com

Owenh Toledo is a graduate of Rappler’s fact-checking mentorship program. This fact check was reviewed by a member of Rappler’s research team and a senior editor. Learn more about Rappler’s fact-checking mentorship program here.

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