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WE ALL KNOW HOW MUCH FUN IT IS TO GO TO THE DMV. TO GO TO THE DMV. I REMEMBER WHEN THIS FIRST CAME I REMEMBER WHEN THIS FIRST CAME UP A YEAR OR SO AGO, I HAD JUST UP A YEAR OR SO AGO, I HAD JUST GOTTEN MY LICENSE RENEWED AND GOTTEN MY LICENSE RENEWED AND SAID NO WAY AM I GOING BACK. SAID NO WAY AM I GOING BACK. YOU CAN USE YOUR PASSPORT? YOU CAN USE YOUR PASSPORT?>>HERE’S THE PROBLEM, THOUGH?>>HERE’S THE PROBLEM, THOUGH? WHO WOULD THINK YOU’D NEED A WHO WOULD THINK YOU’D NEED A PASSPORT TO FLY TO WICHITA OR PASSPORT TO FLY TO WICHITA OR WHERE. WHERE. BUT YOU MAY HAVE TO THE YOU BUT YOU MAY HAVE TO THE YOU CAN’T GET YOUR REAL ID COMPLIANT CAN’T GET YOUR REAL ID COMPLIANT LICENSE, YOU MAY HAVE TO PULL LICENSE, YOU MAY HAVE TO PULL OUT THE PASSPORT. OUT THE PASSPORT.>>JUST A REMINDER FOR PEOPLE,>>JUST A REMINDER FOR PEOPLE, YOU STILL HAVE OVER A YEAR TO YOU STILL HAVE OVER A YEAR TO DEAL WITH IT. DEAL WITH IT. YOU’RE OKAY FOR NOW. YOU’RE OKAY FOR NOW.>>YOU’VE GOT 13 MONTHS.>>YOU’VE GOT 13 MONTHS. GET YOUR ACT TOGETHER. GET YOUR ACT TOGETHER. DON’T SHOW UP ON SEPTEMBER 30th. DON’T SHOW UP ON SEPTEMBER 30th. YOU’LL BE REALLY SORRY IF YOU YOU’LL BE REALLY SORRY IF YOU DID. DID.>>THANK YOU SO MUCH.>>THANK YOU SO MUCH.>>YOU BET.>>YOU BET.>>>AN OLD INSTAGRAM HOAX IS>>>AN OLD INSTAGRAM HOAX IS MAKING THE ROUNDS AGAIN. MAKING THE ROUNDS AGAIN. IT CLAIMS THE SOCIAL MEDIA IT CLAIMS THE SOCIAL MEDIA COMPANY IS ABOUT TO CHANGE ITS COMPANY IS ABOUT TO CHANGE ITS RULES IN ORDER TO ACCESS USERS’ RULES IN ORDER TO ACCESS USERS’ PHOTOS. PHOTOS. A SECTION OF THAT HOAX READS A SECTION OF THAT HOAX READS EVERYTHING YOU’VE EVER POSTED EVERYTHING YOU’VE EVER POSTED BECOMES PUBLIC TODAY EVEN BECOMES PUBLIC TODAY EVEN MESSAGES THAT HAVE BEEN DELETED MESSAGES THAT HAVE BEEN DELETED OR THE PHOTOS NOT ALLOWED. OR THE PHOTOS NOT ALLOWED. ON ITS WEBSITE INSTAGRAM IS ON ITS WEBSITE INSTAGRAM IS SAYING NOTHING IS CHANGING ABOUT SAYING NOTHING IS CHANGING ABOUT USERS’ CONTENT RIGHTS. USERS’ CONTENT RIGHTS. SIMONE BOISE JOINS ME FROM THE SIMONE BOISE JOINS ME FROM THE WEST COAST. WEST COAST. IT WASN’T JUST EVERYDAY USERS IT WASN’T JUST EVERYDAY USERS WHO FELL FOR THIS HOAX. WHO FELL FOR THIS HOAX. A WHOLE BUNCH OF CELEBS, EVEN A WHOLE BUNCH OF CELEBS, EVEN MEMBERS OF THE ADMINISTRATION MEMBERS OF THE ADMINISTRATION FELL FOR IT. FELL FOR IT.>>THIS IS PRETTY TRAGIC.>>THIS IS PRETTY TRAGIC. ON MY INSTAGRAM FEED THE FIRST ON MY INSTAGRAM FEED THE FIRST PERSON WHO POSTED IT WAS THE PERSON WHO POSTED IT WAS THE FASHION DESIGNER ZACH POSEN. FASHION DESIGNER ZACH POSEN. PEOPLE WERE SAYING COME ON, I PEOPLE WERE SAYING COME ON, I HOPE YOU KNOW THIS PROBABLY HOPE YOU KNOW THIS PROBABLY ISN’T GOING TO BE LEGALLY ISN’T GOING TO BE LEGALLY BINDING. BINDING. OF COURSE HE WASN’T THE ONLY OF COURSE HE WASN’T THE ONLY ONE. ONE. THERE WAS MEGAHANAN RAPINOE, ROB THERE WAS MEGAHANAN RAPINOE, ROB LOWE LOWE LOWE, JULIA ROBERTS. LOWE, JULIA ROBERTS. THE MOST SURPRISING, THE ONE THE MOST SURPRISING, THE ONE PERSON YOU HOPE WOULDN’T BE PERSON YOU HOPE WOULDN’T BE SUCKERED BY THIS, SECRETARY OF SUCKERED BY THIS, SECRETARY OF ENERGY RICK PERRY. ENERGY RICK PERRY. THIS IS THE GUY WHO IS TASKED THIS IS THE GUY WHO IS TASKED WITH MANAGING OUR NUCLEAR WITH MANAGING OUR NUCLEAR ARSENAL. ARSENAL. STILL, HE FELL FOR THIS ONE TOO. STILL, HE FELL FOR THIS ONE TOO.>>MAYBE HIS EXPERTISE IS>>MAYBE HIS EXPERTISE IS OUTSIDE OF SOCIAL MEDIA. OUTSIDE OF SOCIAL MEDIA. THERE WERE SOME PRETTY CLEAR RED THERE WERE SOME PRETTY CLEAR RED FLAGS IN THERE. FLAGS IN THERE. IF YOU FELL FOR IT, WHAT SHOULD IF YOU FELL FOR IT, WHAT SHOULD HAVE ALERTED PEOPLE THAT HAVE ALERTED PEOPLE THAT SOMETHING WAS UP? SOMETHING WAS UP?>>OKAY.>>OKAY. SO A COUPLE OF RED FLAGS THAT WE SO A COUPLE OF RED FLAGS THAT WE SHOULD PROBABLY GO OVER HERE, SHOULD PROBABLY GO OVER HERE, THERE ARE SOME MAJOR GRAMMATICAL THERE ARE SOME MAJOR GRAMMATICAL ERRORS IN THERE. ERRORS IN THERE. THAT’S PROBABLY NOT SOMETHING THAT’S PROBABLY NOT SOMETHING THAT INSTAGRAM OR FACEBOOK ARE THAT INSTAGRAM OR FACEBOOK ARE GOING TO WANT YOU TO GOING TO WANT YOU TO CIRCUMSTANCE HATE. CIRCUMSTANCE HATE. THERE WAS A REFERENCE TO CHANNEL THERE WAS A REFERENCE TO CHANNEL 13 NEWS, WHICH IS SUPER GENERIC, 13 NEWS, WHICH IS SUPER GENERIC, NO CITY OR STATE APPARENTLY WAS NO CITY OR STATE APPARENTLY WAS ATTACHED TO THAT NEWS STATION. ATTACHED TO THAT NEWS STATION. OF COURSE, IF YOU THINK THAT OF COURSE, IF YOU THINK THAT POSTING SOMETHING LIKE THIS ON POSTING SOMETHING LIKE THIS ON INSTAGRAM IS GOING TO HOLD UP IN INSTAGRAM IS GOING TO HOLD UP IN A COURT OF LAW, YOU PROBABLY A COURT OF LAW, YOU PROBABLY NEED TO LAWYER UP. NEED TO LAWYER UP.>>IT’S FUNNY.>>IT’S FUNNY. IT SOUNDS LIKE THOSE E-MAILS YOU IT SOUNDS LIKE THOSE E-MAILS YOU GET FROM CORPORATE WHERE THEY GET FROM CORPORATE WHERE THEY SEND YOU ALL THIS SPAM TO TRICK SEND YOU ALL THIS SPAM TO TRICK YOU TO CLICK ON THE ATTACHMENT. YOU TO CLICK ON THE ATTACHMENT. IT’S ALSO THAT MISSPELLING, THE IT’S ALSO THAT MISSPELLING, THE RANDOM TV STATION. RANDOM TV STATION. PEOPLE MISS A LOT OF RED FLAGS. PEOPLE MISS A LOT OF RED FLAGS. BY THE TIME INSTAGRAM DEBUNKED BY THE TIME INSTAGRAM DEBUNKED THIS HOAX IT HAD ALREADY SPREAD THIS HOAX IT HAD ALREADY SPREAD LIKE WILDFIRE. LIKE WILDFIRE. IS THIS JUST A STATEMENT OF OUR IS THIS JUST A STATEMENT OF OUR INTERNET CULTURE TODAY. INTERNET CULTURE TODAY.>>I THINK IT KIND OF IS.>>I THINK IT KIND OF IS. THESE THINGS HAVE BEEN THESE THINGS HAVE BEEN CIRCULATING ON SOCIAL MEDIA FOR CIRCULATING ON SOCIAL MEDIA FOR YEARS. YEARS. THIS IS JUST THE EVOLUTION. THIS IS JUST THE EVOLUTION. BEFORE WE HAD CHAIN MAIL FROM BEFORE WE HAD CHAIN MAIL FROM AOL WHERE IT WAS LIKE IF YOU AOL WHERE IT WAS LIKE IF YOU DON’T PASS THIS ONTO 16 PEOPLE, DON’T PASS THIS ONTO 16 PEOPLE, YOU’RE GOING TO DIE. YOU’RE GOING TO DIE. THIS IS JUST A CHAINED MEME. THIS IS JUST A CHAINED MEME. THIS IS JUST THE LATEST THIS IS JUST THE LATEST ITERATION OF THAT. ITERATION OF THAT. IT’S A REMINDER FOR US AS NEWS IT’S A REMINDER FOR US AS NEWS CONSUMERS AND CONSUMERS OF CONSUMERS AND CONSUMERS OF SOCIAL MEDIA TO BE JUDICIOUS AND SOCIAL MEDIA TO BE JUDICIOUS AND SKEPTICAL. SKEPTICAL.>>WE MENTIONED IN THE INTRO

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