New York (The Verge) — A bunch of celebrities posted a copyright hoax to Instagram theverge.com/2019/8/21/2082….
Celebrities and US government officials, including Rick Perry, all fell for an Instagram hoax in which they posted a note to their grids claiming ownership over their content. They say Instagram cannot hand their information over to law enforcement, which isn’t true.
The claims are fake and the assertions don’t make a lot of sense, but that hasn’t stopped it from being spread by some major names concerned about the implications. Celebrities including Usher, Judd Apatow, and Julia Roberts posted the note to their feeds, as did Rick Perry, the current United States secretary of energy and former Texas governor. The note and similar ones have been going around since 2012, and this is just their most recent resurgence.
The note includes a purported opt-out message that claims to forbid Instagram from using a person’s information or “disclosing, copying, distributing, or taking” any action against them based on what’s posted to their profile. It says their profiles hold “private and confidential information.” — Ashley Carman/@verge