The Facts About The Instagram Photo Sharing Hoax
A fake message about changes to Instagram’s rules has been going viral online in a copypasta hoax that has fooled some prominent celebrities and public figures.
Slightly different variations of this message have been spreading. One frequently reposted screenshot reads:
Similar iterations of this hoax have been circulating on Facebook and Instagram since at least 2012. It’s unclear who started this hoax or why, and its effects, while widespread, appear to have been relatively harmless.
Celebrities That Fell For It
If you, your friends, or family members believed this hoax, or even went as far as to repost it, don’t worry; you are not alone. Dozens of well-known celebrities (many of whom are baby boomers and may lack the meme literacy of generations who grew up online) appear to have fallen for this too including Martha Stewart, Rob Lowe, Julia Roberts, Debra Messing, Usher, P!NK, United States Energy Secretary Rick Perry, and others.
Instagram Hoax Remix Memes
Many of those who didn’t fall for the hoax, or who are looking to cover up the fact that they did have been posting jokey meme versions of the warning message.
More than one clown meme has been made in reference to those who reposted this hoax…
Everyone posting that Instagram privacy hoax on their story pic.twitter.com/nCGMTt0iTw
— Erick Pérez (@erickperez__) August 21, 2019