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This rapidly circulating post supposedly gives notice to Instagram that “it is strictly forbidden to disclose, copy, distribute, or take any other action against me based on this profile and/or its contents”.
Supposedly, by posting the statement on Instagram, you are legally denying the company permission to use your photos or content.
In fact, the post is just an updated version of a long-running Facebook hoax that has circulated in various forms since 2012.
The legal references in the post have apparently been added in an attempt to make the false claims seem more plausible.
The UCC reference relates to the Uniform Commercial Code, which covers commercial law. The Rome Statute is the treaty that established the International Criminal Court and relates to international crimes such as genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes. Both references in the post are utterly meaningless in this context. They do not relate in any way to protecting your privacy on social media platforms such as Instagram and Facebook
If this absurd hoax comes your way, please don’t spread it further by sharing. And, let the person who posted it know that the claims in the message are untrue.
Note that the older Facebook version of the hoax is also currently circulating once again.
A screenshot of the hoax post: