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Celebrities Falling On Instagram Privacy Policy | Social networks

A rumor warning about a new Instagram privacy policy reverberated this week after being shared by several international celebrities. According to a post circulating on the social network, the company would be making a change in terms and conditions. Updated rules allowed Instagram to make public all photos and messages from users. US energy secretary Rick Perry, actresses Julia Roberts and Julianne Moore, and singer Usher were some of the famous chain swindlers that Instagram claimed to be fake.

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The publication, which consists of a print of a block of text, states that Instagram may use private user information against them. "Everything you posted becomes public from today. Even messages that have been deleted or unauthorized photos," says the post.

Text used legal terms and references to green news channels to fool users. Photo: Playback / InstagramText used legal terms and references to green news channels to fool users. Photo: Playback / Instagram

Text used legal terms and references to green news channels to fool users. Photo: Playback / Instagram

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The current text suggests that if users share the post and declare that they do not authorize the disclosure of personal data, the new Instagram rule will not apply to them, and the social network will continue to respect the privacy of its members.

To generate credibility, the message uses legal references and terms, as well as citing a US news channel to endorse the rumor. "Channel 13 News talked about the change in Instagram's privacy policy," the text says.

US Energy Secretary Rick Perry shared the rumor and then deleted the photo. Photo: Playback / InstagramUS Energy Secretary Rick Perry shared the rumor and then deleted the photo. Photo: Playback / Instagram

US Energy Secretary Rick Perry shared the rumor and then deleted the photo. Photo: Playback / Instagram

To TechTudo, Instagram's staff confirmed that rumors about the change in privacy policy are false. The last update on the platform terms and conditions took place in July 2018, focused on clarifying to users in what ways the social network uses the data that feeds the platform. In addition, current terms make it clear that Instagram has no intellectual property over account publishing.

Rumors like this have been around on the Internet since 2012, when a very similar warning went viral on Facebook. The message claimed that photos and other private content would become company property unless the user shared the post. In 2016, the chain appeared again on the social network.

Actress Julianne Moore Faded In The Stream Photo: Playback / InstagramActress Julianne Moore Faded In The Stream Photo: Playback / Instagram

Actress Julianne Moore Faded In The Stream Photo: Playback / Instagram

Although they look green, fake messages can easily be unmasked with a brief look. Proof of this is that, in general, users are encouraged to state that they are probing the social network to use their information, but do not clarify why. This omission is already indicative that copying and pasting the chain has no effect on network privacy policies. There are pre-established terms of use with legal effect when creating an account, and a profile post will not void the agreement.

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