Rob Lowe, Usher & Other Celebs Fall for Viral Instagram Hoax

Rob Lowe was one of those to post the image on his Instagram

Rob Lowe was one of those to post the image on his Instagram

Meanwhile, singer John Mayer has poked fun at the viral hoax, saying that he is giving Instagram the right to publish "my world famous meatloaf recipes, Joe Camel fan fiction and Fight Club film flubs".

In a statement brand communications manager at Instagram Stephanie Otway said: "There's no truth to this post".

The meme, which appeared as a block of text, went viral on Tuesday claiming Instagram is planning to roll out new changes to its privacy policy to let old messages and private photos be used in court cases against its users.

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Celebs such as Pink, Julia Roberts, Rob Lowe and Taraji P. Henson have all shared the fake post that says "Instagram does not have my permission to share photos or messages". "Everything you've ever posted becomes public from today Even messages that have been deleted or the photos not allowed".

Despite being written in broken English, the image was circulated widely across the platform, telling users: "It costs nothing for a simple copy and paste, better safe than sorry".

It also makes a vague reference to a local news station. The statement forbids Instagram from using pictures, information, messages or posts of the user and notes privacy violation is punishable by law.except that the whole thing is a hoax.

Wired reports that a similar hoax has been circulating on both Instagram and Facebook since 2012 when a Terms of Service adjustment was made to both platforms.

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