Is the Alleged Change in Instagram’s Privacy Policy Bad News for Its Users? 

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S3Several Instagram users have been posting an image, with a message, referring to an apparent update in Instagram’s privacy policy.

According to the viral message, with the change in the privacy policy, the social media giant will be able to use the user’s pictures and anything ever posted by the users on Instagram, as it will become public from the immediate next day. However, the viral message has been doing its rounds on Instagram for more than a day, making it hard to believe it’s legitimacy.

The message also asks the users to repost the message suggesting that it would prevent Instagram from using the user’s posts, messages, and any other information, both from the past and future.

It’s hard for users to not believe this viral message as it’s being posted by quite a few celebrities and social media influencers, including Pink, Julia Roberts, Niall Horan, Tom Holland, Radhika Apte, Ricky Perry, US Energy Secretary, Adriana Lima, and Usher.

According to the message, Instagram will be able to use the user’s posts and information in litigation and court cases. But the users will be safeguarded from such a kind of vulnerability if they’d repost the viral message.

However, it’s has been clarified by the head of Instagram, Adam Mosseri, through a story he posted on his Instagram account reassuring the users that the meme they were seeing is not true and no rules were being changed. Probably why several celebrities have deleted their post of the baseless viral message.

A message, similar to this hoax had already done its rounds, with the name Facebook instead of Instagram. The message had gone around in 2012, 2016 and even in early 2019, making it obvious that Instagram had just been overwritten all over Facebook in that message.

The viral message has become so pervasive now that the host of the Daily Show, Trevor Noah posted a parody in response to Instagram users’ gullibility.

However, with the news in the recent past regarding Facebook having shared its user’s private information to more than 150 companies including Netflix and Spotify, it is not hard to see how Instagram users found the hoax plausible.

The daunting fear of their privacy being compromised has been overshadowing user’s interaction with social media applications for a while now.

Fortunately, this time, the clarification provided by the Head of Instagram, Adam Mosseri, on the viral message, has been able to clear the air to a great extent.

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