Dozens of celebrities fall for Instagram hoax

Instagram has been hit by a hoax that incorrectly claims the Facebook-owned social media website is creating major changes to its terms of service.


The broadly circulated fake post warns Instagram is changing its privacy policy and will create public all of users’ photos, as well as deleted messages. It additionally claims the site can “use” users’ photos against them in court, and says users got to repost the image so as to forestall Instagram from taking action.


The hoax post went viral earlier this week, with Energy Secretary Rick Perry sharing the post on his Instagram and Twitter accounts. He later deleted the Instagram post once acknowledging in a comment that the image was faux.


The fake post continues to be shared by varied celebrities and high-profile influencers, however, as well as actresses Julia Roberts, Debra Messing, and Taraji P. Henson, movie producer Judd Apatow, as well as musicians Pink, T.I., and Usher.


Instagram unconditionally denied the hoax, which has been circulated in similar forms on Facebook over the past many years.


“There’s no truth during this post,” said Facebook representative Stephanie Otway.


Adam Mosseri, the top of Instagram, additionally called foul on the hoax in a post on his Instagram Stories.


“If you’re seeing a meme claiming Instagram is changing its rules tomorrow, it’s not true,” he said.


In 2015, Facebook was forced to deal with an identical “privacy notice” scam creating the rounds on its website. Just like the Instagram hoax, the scam urged users to repost the image to forestall Facebook from distributing users’ photos, data or posts without their permission.


Facebook responded to the hoax in a 2012 post, saying: “There is a rumor circulating that Facebook is creating a modification associated with possession of users’ data or the content they post to the site. This is false.”


The privacy policy hoax has been shared varied times, with cases being recorded as far back as 2009.