Instagram isn't making all your posts public as a viral meme suggests

By  | Oct 16, 2019 10:54

Instagram wants users to know the service isn't getting ready to use your photos against you. "Heads up!" Instagram cheif executive Adam Mosseri wrote in a post on his verified Instagram Story. "If you're seeing a meme claiming that Instagram is changing its rules tomorrow, it's not true."

The fake post has since been shared by thousands of users, including a number of celebraties. "Everything you've ever posted becomes public from today," the post states. "Even messages that have been deleted." The message urges users to share the image, saying that it would "give notice to Instagram [that] it is strictly forbidden to disclose, copy, distribute, or take any other action" against anyone who reposted it. It also makes a vague reference to a local news station. "Channel 13 News talked about the change in Instagram's privacy policy," it read.

An Instagram spokesperson told CNN Business "there is no truth" to the viral meme. Instagram has recently faced criticism in recent months over its failure to combat the spread of misinformation on its platform on controversial topics, such as the safety of vaccines.
Instagram's parent company, Facebook, has also been under scrutiny for more for its data privacy practices after allegations emerged it allowed a political data firm that worked for Donald Trump's presidential campaign to improperly access data on 87 million people.
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