If you've happened to scroll through Instagram today, you might have noticed that some celebrities took to the social platform to share a screenshot that claims the ap is implementing new guidelines on photo usage. The post claims that Instagram will now be able to use the app's users' photos against them in court cases, as well as having access to previously deleted messages and photos.
In order to prevent the rule from being enacted on their account, users are instructed to repost a screenshot of the post. However, the image is simply a viral hoax.
Despite the many grammatical errors, and the statement not coming from Instagram itself, many celebrities were duped by the hoax. Pink, Ashely Greene, Peter Facinelli, Zoe Saldana, Adriana Lima and Eva Longoria were among the celebrities who posted the image.
“There’s no truth to this post,” said Stephanie Otway, brand communications manager at Instagram, per WWD. Eva Chen, director of fashion partnerships at Instagram, also took to the platform to advise there was no truth to the image.
Instagram has however announced other, real initiatives the platform is taking, like one to reduce bullying and an exploratory phase of hiding likes on user’s Instagram feeds.