Instagram Isn't Going to Steal Your Pictures Tomorrow

If you've scrolled through Instagram this week, you probably noticed a bunch of your friends and celebrities posting a screen-captured warning about Instagram's alleged privacy policy changes. Or maybe you even posted it yourself.

The message urges people to repost if they don't want Instagram to make everything they've ever posted public.

Well, here's the thing about that. It's fake. A hoax. Not real.

The poorly written "legal" notice made the rounds on Facebook back in 2012 and was debunked, but not before duping people into reposting the message. And now it's back for round two, except someone boldly replaced "Facebook" with "Instagram"—literally in bold font.

"Don't forget Deadline tomorrow !!! Everything you've ever posted becomes public from tomorrow. Even messages that have been deleted or the photos not allowed. It costs nothing for a simple copy and paste, better safe than sorry. Channel 13 News talked about the change in Instagram's privacy policy. I do not give Instagram or any entities associated with Facebook permission to use my pictures, information, messages or posts, both past and future. With this statement, I give notice to Instagram it is strictly forbidden to disclose, copy, distribute, or take any other action against me based on this profile and/or its contents. ... NOTE: Instagram is now a public entity. All members must post a note like this. If you prefer, you can copy and paste this version. If you do not publish a statement at least once it will be tacitly allowing the use of your photos, as well as the information contained in the profile status updates."

Even though the notice is a hoax, when you opt in to use social media, you have to click "agree" to the Terms of Service. So unfortunately, you've already given away the rights to your data.