If you follow a boomer on Instagram you’ve probably seen the latest viral hoax going around warning about the incoming copyright apocalypse.
Pink, Julia Roberts, Julianne Moore, Rob Lowe, and (worryingly) US Secretary of Energy Rick Perry are just a few of the prominent people who spread the message to their millions of followers.
According to the poorly written notice, all you have to do to save yourself is post this note, which tells Instagram that “it is strictly forbidden to disclose, copy, distribute or take any other action against me.”
After the meme spread rapidly this week, Instagram chief Adam Mosseri tried to reassure people who were tricked.
“Heads up!” Mosseri posted in his Instagram story “If you’re seeing a meme claiming that Instagram is changing its rules tomorrow, it’s not true.”
“There’s no truth to this post,” Facebook spokesperson Stephanie Otway told Gizmodo.
That legalese means Instagram can pretty much use your content as it wants, without seeking permission. It just doesn’t have full ownership over your work.
Featured image: Screenshot: Usher (Instagram)