In financial filings by Facebook, Inc., recently obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, it has been revealed that the company receives a small fee for every internal organ which is donated by a deceased Facebook subscriber. The fees received by Facebook, Inc. range anywhere from $30 for a cornea to $300 for a heart. These are relatively small figures for live organs, but it is assumed that the large number of active Facebook subscribers could make this into quite a lucrative revenue stream. The only figures publicly available regarding fee collection are for Q3 2012, which shows a total of $3.7 million amassed. It is not unusual for medical facilities to often pay a premium for organs and the cost is routinely absorbed by the insurance carriers or passed on to consumers in the form of higher premiums.
Facebook spokesman Bill Gully released a statement pointing out that, while it may seem a grotesque overstep on Facebook’s part, “you have to understand that Facebook needs revenue. We are spending $238 million dollars per quarter just to store cat pictures alone.”
The source for this story was a Facebook post that a friend shared which had about 200 comments attached to it. Some of those comments may have in fact debunked this, but who reads comments anyway?