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Update Don’t copy-paste: Instagram’s viral copyright message is fake and best ignored

Facebook-owned app Instagram has a viral hoax message problem, which has spread rapidly on the platform. The message, which is a tweaked version of an old Facebook hoax, claims that Instagram is changing its rules and that the company can now use your photos for any purposes and basically owns all your content. A similar form of this hoax has been around on Facebook also for some years now. Facebook had previously issued a fact-check saying such messages were untrue.

The message has forced Instagram head Adam Mosseri to tweet saying there were no changes to the app’s privacy and copyright rules. He wrote, “If you’re seeing a meme claiming Instagram is changing its rules tomorrow, it’s not true,” with a link to an article debunking the hoax.

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