Instagram hoaxs are back at it..

If you don’t re-post this article we have access to your personal information.

Just kidding.

Hoaxes took over Instagram in August. Though these can be seen routinely on Facebook and other places, this most recent hoax has been proven to fool celebrities as well.

This hoax mirrors many ones like it. They promote the user to re-post as to avoid mis-use of private data. The most recent one involves the new “Instagram rule.” The ”Instagram rule” is basically where they can use your photos. Little does everyone know, they can use your pictures anyway. The post says ”[Photos] can be used in court cases in litigation against you,” and references the news and other legal jargon. Therefore, people were reposting this assuming they became automatically protected.

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The post that started the panic. This is nothing more than a hoax–as they all are.

The person who made this wanted more followers and likes. Everyone was sharing his/her photo that stated the new “Instagram rule.” Then the person probably got more views on his/her page.

Let’s get to the most important thing that needs to be heard. Reposting anything thinking it will change your user agreements or provide added protection does nothing. When a user registers for these apps, they agree to abide by the company’s guidelines and provide as many permissions as they’d like. Bear in mind, these companies have enough lawyers to put enough fine print to caution you that online content is simply that–out in the world.

So now you make ask, where did Instagram hoaxs come from?

The problem with these most recent Instagram hoax was that celebrities got involved initiating a surge in reposts. Remember lessons in rhetoric when your teacher taught you that companies use celebrities the same way to sell a product or idea–a technique called ethos? Ethos is when people are more likely to trust something if the information or idea comes from a trustworthy or admirable figure whether it be a parent, an expert, a doctor…or a celebrity they like. We tend to trust celebrities because we look up to them because they are public figures. When the celebrities started posting something seemingly concerning, we did too.

The original culprit of these hoaxes cannot be identified yet.

This specific one started in 2012, then it resurfaced in 2016, and now its back. Instagram came out and said “There’s no truth to the new hoax post so don’t share it.”

There is also great influence in number. The more people share, especially people one would consider knowledgable, the more likely others follow suit.

Here are two tips: check the facts (Snopes is a great tool).

OR just don’t share it, and share a picture of your cute dog instead.

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