Instagram photo usage hoax goes viral

Carla Harmon
August 22, 2019

Instagram dispelled these rumors with a brief message from their brand communications manager, Stephanie Otway: "There's no truth to this post".

It then encourages users to re-post the same message, which concludes with an all-caps message that says Instagram does not have the user's permission to share photos or messages.

I'm pretty sure you've seen this image floating around on Instagram the past 24 hours.

The meme, which appeared as a block of text, went viral on Tuesday claiming Instagram is planning to roll out new changes to its privacy policy to let old messages and private photos be used in court cases against its users. Instagram's terms of use state that the company doesn't have ownership of users' content, but when people post on Instagram they give the company "a non-exclusive, royalty-free, transferable, sub-licensable, worldwide license to host, use, distribute, modify, run, copy, publicly perform or display, translate, and create derivative works of your content".

So does Instagram own my photos?

It also references "UCC 1-308-11 308-103" and "the Rome Statute".

If the rumours were true, you could expect celebrities like Kylie Jenner to jump to a different photo-sharing service. Snopes recently re-shared its story in which the site fact-checked a similar hoax that circulated on Facebook.

Instagram confirmed the post is a hoax. (Facebook acquired Instagram in 2012). Neither can protect you from a supposed violation from Instagram. "Users can consider adding a watermark or other physical attribution that could not be easily removed, but this would likely be a problem for aesthetics", he said on email.

Many of them have since taken down the post. clearly realizing it's BS.

"Don't forget tomorrow starts the new Instagram rule where they can use your photos", the lengthy message reads.

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