Man responsible for US nuclear weapons falls for Instagram hoax

The man responsible for nuclear weapons in the US has fallen for an Instagram hoax that had already been debunked.

Rick Perry, the secretary of state for energy, shared a poorly written post that falsely claimed the social network had adopted a new rule allowing it to use the photos of its users against them in court cases.

The politician added: “Feel free to repost!! #nothanksinstagram.”

Mr Perry shared the post on his Instagram page
Image: Mr Perry shared the post on his Instagram page

Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, has asserted that the information in the viral post is false, with people who upload pictures and video to the app still retaining ownership of the copyright.

Mr Perry has been widely ridiculed on the social media platform for sharing the post, with one of his followers urging him to seek out a “quick course in information literacy”.

Another offered to “introduce you to a Nigerian prince”, referencing an infamous email scam that urged people to loan money in return for a larger return, while one simply said: “YOU HANDLE NUCLEAR BOMBS??????”

Mr Perry later suggested he was aware of the hoax, writing “OMG… seriously, you mean this is fake”, but did not remove the post from his Instagram page.

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The governor can take some solace in the fact that he is not the only famous name to have been caught up in the scam, with actor Rob Lowe and music star Usher having also shared the post.

Amid the chaos, Instagram boss Adam Mosseri has tweeted to confirm: “If you’re seeing a meme claiming Instagram is changing its rules tomorrow, it’s not true.”

Source: SKY NEWS

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