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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:
Importance NoticeAfter considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.
These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.
Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.
And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.
When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.
I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.
A Big Thank YouI would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.
I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.
Closing DateHoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.
Thank you, one and all!