Fall For the Viral Instagram Hoax So Did Lots of Celebs

first_img Report: Facebook Developing ‘Threads’ App For Close FriendsAdorable Puppy Born With ‘Fur Mustache’ Goes Viral on Instagram Stay on target The con dates back to about 2012, according to fact-checking site Snopes; similar messages spread across social media, falsely claiming that Facebook would rip off users’ content unless they posted a disclaimer saying they did not consent.Watch: Instagram to Start Paying Researchers to Find Apps Abusing Its DataMore on Geek.com:Instagram Guilts Users Into Removing Nasty CommentsFCC: Don’t Be Fooled by ‘One Ring’ Robocall Scam11 Documentaries That Might Not Have Been So True Don’t believe everything you see on the Internet.Specifically: a viral Instagram post claiming the social network can now use images against users in court cases.The widely circulated screenshot alleges that new Instagram rules mean “everything you’ve ever posted” becomes public domain—even deleted content.But that’s simply not true.First of all, a digital image shared online is not legally binding.Especially if it’s a years-old hoax bursting with grammatical errors and inconsistent typography that cites a generic “Channel 13 News” service and suggested laws which have nothing to do with privacy.Still, Instagram users have been uploading the bogus message to their accounts as a “warning” to others, NBC News reported.Among the bamboozled A-listers are actors Taraji P. Henson, Tom Holland, Julianne Moore, Rob Lowe, Debra Messing, and Julia Roberts; musicians Niall Horan, Waka Flocka Flame, and Usher; model Adriana Lima; Beyoncé’s mother; and New York Magazine Design Editor Wendy Goodman. Most have since deleted the message (some replacing it with reposts about fires in the Amazon).They are in good company, at least: Secretary of Energy Rick Perry, the man responsible for maintaining America’s nuclear arsenal, also fell victim to the prank, trying to joke his way out of it by replying to the post with: “I’ll be darned!! First time I’ve seen anything fake on the Internet!!”Instagram officials have publicly stated the message is fake, and that the company will not use personal images in court.“If you’re seeing a meme claiming Instagram is changing its rules … it’s not true,” Adam Mosseri, head of Instagram, wrote on Twitter.Brand communications manager Stephanie Otway confirmed to NBC that “there’s no truth to this post.”Some celebs, meanwhile, did their homework before blindly posting a scam to their followers: The Daily Show host Trevor Noah, musician John Mayer, and even CNN poked fun at the situation.last_img read more