People are taking the recent Facebook privacy scandals very seriously, but this time it’s on Instagram. A fake, viral copyright post has made its way to celebrities from the likes of Rob Lowe, Taraji P. Henson, Julia Roberts, and many others. Celebrities aren’t the only ones getting fooled by this note, however. Thousands of Instagram users all over the world have posted the screen grab, proving that people fall for just about anything.
If you still haven’t seen the copyright notice on any of your friends’ stories or posts, it says the following:
While the intentions here are good, the note just doesn’t make much sense, grammatically or legally. Furthermore, it’s been on the Internet since 2012, and it has resurfaced to the public eye once more.
“There’s no truth to this post,” said Stephanie Otway, a spokesperson for Facebook. For those of you who might have forgotten, Facebook owns Instagram, which could be a reason behind why people posting the note might think it will protect their profiles if needed.
The main reason why this post doesn’t make any sense is because it doesn’t line up with Instagram’s privacy policies. In their guidelines, Instagram states that they “do not claim ownership of your content, but you grant us a license to use it.” Everyone on Instagram agreed to this when they checked the box saying so. Though Instagram can use your information if needed (for example, in a legal matter), that doesn’t mean they will. This is another classic case of people believing in something simply because other people are doing it.
Don’t be that person
If you are still considering posting this on your account, refrain from doing so. It won’t do anything to protect you, as the note is seven years old and not up-to-date with any sort of term or condition. Don’t be that guy or girl that posts a fake copyright notice!