Instagram Hoax: Who Fell For It and Who Didn’t


A meme dressed up as a binding legal agreement is making its way through the internet, encouraging scared Instagram users to repost.

A similar version of this message has actually been around for ages, except this time, "Facebook" is replaced with "Instagram" (which is also bolded, making it look a little more suspicious). It was already fact-checked by Snopes back in 2012. 

On Tuesday (Aug. 20), the screenshotted hoax spread through Instagram like wildfire, even reaching famous people. Celebrities including Usher, Julia Roberts, Jessie J, Nancy Meyers, Judd Apatow, Wacka Flocka Flame, Scooter Braun, Debra Messing, Julianne Moore, Martha Stewart and Evan Rachel Wood all fell for the red flag-ridden note, though many have deleted their reposts since then.

While some fell for the hoax, others laughed in its face. John Mayer was one to make up his own copypasta, which read: "I give Instagram the express right to publish, distribute, and/or sell any or all of my digital content posted to the account @johnmayer as they see fit…" Then he went on to list some of his great content, like his "world famous meatball recipes," "Joe Camel fan fiction," and "photographs of sinks." 

Billboard rounded up all of the celebs who fell for the silly hoax, as well as those who beat the system and didn't. Check it out below. 

Who Fell For It:


Rita Wilson

Taraji P Henson


For the record!!! @instagram

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Rob Lowe



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Rick Perry (Originally fell for it, then deleted it and reposted a copy of John Mayer's joke)


For immediate release. (h/t @johnmayer)

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Who Didn't Fall For It:

John Mayer


For immediate dissemination

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Trevor Noah


Be safe my friends. The new Instagram law is coming now!

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