Instagram says viral photo usage post is hoax

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A lengthy Instagram note shared by several celebrities saying that users' posts can be used against them in court due to a change in the company's rules is a hoax, Instagram said.

Uhhh, it's all a hoax.

Even the United States Secretary of Energy, Rick Perry, fell for it and issued a warning to the Facebook-owned social media platform.

Instagram users went a little insane yesterday, after a number of very high-profile accounts - everyone from Marc Jacobs to Adriana Lima to Carine Roitfeld - began posting the same screenshot of text claiming to outline imminent changes to Instagram's terms of service.

The viral post, which has intermittent odd capitalisation and inconsistent font size, talked about the threat to people's privacy and even cited a penal code of conduct to dissuade Instagram from using their data. In other words, while it's always important to be wary of how you use social media, there's no new Instagram policy that you need to worry about right now. Don't forget the deadline today!

You're an idiot, and you're also so f*cking lazy that you can't be bothered to use Google in any shape or form before declaring your idiocy for all to see.

In an attempt to appear credible, the notice references a "Channel 13 News" that covered the change to Instagram's policy. "I do not give Instagram or any entities associated with Instagram permission to use my pictures, information, messages or posts, both past and future".

Hours after the post, Perry commented, "OMG ... seriously, you mean this is fake!"

And according to Eric Perrott, a trademark & copyright attorney, there's not a whole lot you can do to protect yourself on Instagram.

This type of hoax has been around before, except with slightly different versions each time when it resurfaces.

"There is a rumor circulating that Facebook is making a change related to ownership of users' information or the content they post to the site".

Let this be a lesson to all of you: next time, before you take something you read on Instagram (or anywhere for that matter) as fact and act on it, take just a minute to do a little Google search and find out for yourself if what you are reading is really true.

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