Did You Fall for This Viral Instagram Hoax?
BE CAREFUL! Everything from your Instagram account is going to be sold and used without your permission...or is it?
According to a viral message that is being shared by the likes of Julia Roberts, Rob Lowe, Judd Apatow, and more, your Instagram pictures are at risk. According to the message, if you don't share this particular message, everything you've posted becomes public and able to be shared however Instagram wishes because that's what "Channel 13" is reporting on.
The message you'll probably start seeing, shared by Mashable, is:
Here's the thing, none of it is real. This message in various forms has been going around since at least 2012 and every so often, it becomes viral again. First and foremost, there's no way a copy and pasted block of text shared as a picture would hold any legal ground. Second, it always says "Tomorrow" but not the actual date, so if you shared it from someone who posted it yesterday, then you'd already have lost your photos. Third, and my favorite part, to give some validity to the message, they reference "Channel 13 News" but have no reference to where this Channel 13 is and just hope you happen to have news on that station.
If you're starting to see this, don't worry. If you share this, nothing is going to happen one way or another, you may just scare someone else into sharing this hoax post.