All These Celebs Fell for a Viral Instagram Privacy Hoax

Social media can be tricky to navigate, especially in the public eye. Recently, an online hoax popularized on Facebook in 2012 resurfaced, only now, it was on Instagram. The post generally states that those who post the message are protecting themselves against privacy infringement.

The post reads: “I do not give Instagram or any entities associated with Instagram permission to use my pictures, information, messages, or posts, both past, and future.” Celebrities who posted the photo were Usher, Niall Horan, Tom Holland, P!nk, Debra Messing, Rumer Willis, Julia Roberts, Judd Apatow, Zoe Saldana, Adriana Lima, Martha Stewart, T.I, Julieanne Moore, Taraji P. Henson, and even Governor Rick Perry.

Rob Lowe even posted the message, which prompted a response from his son, Johnny Lowe. Johnny joked with his famous father about how an Instagram could not be legally binding, saying “You literally have a song that went to Law School.”

Rita Wilson also fell for the privacy post, writing “I do not give Instagram permission to use my photos or writings. Instagram does not have my permission to use my photos or messages or any information included on my account.” Thankfully, the company clarified that the post wasn’t real.

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