If you follow a boomer on Instagram you’ve probably seen the latest viral hoax going around warning about the incoming copyright apocalypse.
Secretary of Energy Rick Perry, Pink, Julia Roberts, Julianne Moore, and Rob Lowe are just a few of the prominent people who spread the message to their millions of followers
According to the poorly written notice, All you have to do to save yourself is post this note, which tells Instagram that “it is strictly forbidden to disclose, copy, distribute or take any other action against me.”
It’s the same sort of hoax that has circulated on Facebook many times before. Previous iterations have also referenced a nonexistent “Channel 13 News” report.
After the meme spread rapidly this week, Instagram chief Adam Mosseri tried to reassure people who were tricked.
“Heads up!” Mosseri posted in his Instagram story “If you’re seeing a meme claiming that Instagram is changing its rules tomorrow, it’s not true.”
“There’s no truth to this post,” Facebook spokesperson Stephanie Otway told Gizmodo.
That legalese means Instagram can pretty much use your content as it wants, without seeking permission. It just doesn’t have full ownership over your work.
BuzzFeed and Huffington Post called out Rick Perry specifically for being easily bamboozled when he is in control of the nation’s nukes. It’s discomforting, for sure, but pales in comparison to the President using social media to share racist misleading videos and conspiracy theories.