This week, a bogus post warning of an Instagram privacy change went viral, sparking panic among the app’s users, including major celebrities and politicians. According to the post, Instagram would make users’ activity on the app public, unless they posted their nonconsent.
American singer-songwriter Pink’s retaliatory post, captioned “Better safe than sorry, even if it is a hoax,” garnered over 91,500 likes in a mere 18 hours. The threat was a hoax, of course, as confirmed by an Instagram spokesperson.
Meanwhile on Twitter, users mocked the credulity of Instagram’s userbase, likening them to their elders on Facebook. All of Instagram “has become my 83 year-old grandmother,” said one post. Another dubbed Instagram’s users “locals who belong on Facebook.”
It does seem concerns are only skin deep. As one Instagram user tweeted, “I would def stop using the app if I weren’t as vain as I am right now.”
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