If you follow a lot of celebrities and influencers on Instagram, you might have seen some of them post an image of an alarming block of text in the last 24 hours that claims Instagram is about to change its privacy and photos rules, and anyone who does not explicitly post that they do not consent to the changes will see their IG private messages made public and that the copyright to every photo they’ve ever published on the site will revert to Instagram, which the company can then use for any purpose it wishes.
The thing is, these supposed Instagram changes are completely bunk. The image of this alarming block of text has been floating around on social media sites since at least 2012, but there is not a true word written in it. Instagram is not going to claim ownership over all your photos and use them however they wish. And no, Instagram is not going to make all your private IG messages public for anyone to read.
There is a couple of variations on the hoax text, but it generally goes something like this:
I mean, come on, people? Why would Instagram do that?
There’s probably no way to determine why such an old hoax is going viral on Instagram yet again today, but plenty of celebs have been duped into sharing it in the past 24 hours, including Rob Lowe, Usher, Adriana Lima, Taraji P. Henson, Julia Roberts, Debra Messing, Scooter Braun (Justin Bieber’s manager), Dave Bautista, Judd Apatow, Retta, Scooter Braun, U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry, and Josh Brolin (Thanos himself!).
But at least one celeb is having some fun at the expense of his famous friends. Daily Show host Trevor Noah posted a parody of the hoax last night.
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