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Just Because Someone Says It’s True…
In our digitally connected world spreads news faster than ever. Someone sees, feels or thinks something and posts it onto a social media platform. The trouble is, we’re all so busy, so ready to accept that someone prominent “must know what they’re talking about”, or ready to believe what we read/see without questioning that discerning fact from fiction can easily be overlooked.
Have you seen this post? Apparently, it’s gone viral. And, like any good chain mail letter, it demands action. In this case, forwarding the message on through my account will somehow indemnify me against Instagram’s policies.
Think It Through, Check The ‘Facts’
It was the implied ‘call to action’ that tripped my suspicions. How would forwarding an excerpt of a post protect me legally? It’s not even my words! So, onto my browser to search, ‘new Instagram rule on photos’ (because everything can be found on the ‘Net) to be better informed. Below is a snippet of the top search entries that came up.
So, are you interested in knowing what Instagram can legally do with your photos?
Please, take time when reading posts and articles. A couple of good background questions for you to keep in mind are:
- Who could profit from this information?
- Am I giving away too much personal/sensitive information?
- If it sounds odd, or too good to be true, I need to do more research.
Finally, if you’re unsure about the privacy guidelines of any social media platform you have joined then take out time today to read through them. Social platforms are first and foremost businesses. If you don’t take steps to protect yourself, and your personal information, why should they?
Be safe, readers.