Instagram to revamp 'Checkout' feature; Users fall for old hoax

News by Bradley Barth

Instagram recruits white-hat researchers to test the security of its new Checkout feature, while a 2012 hoax meme finds more takers

Instagram is reportedly recruiting white-hat researchers to test the security of its new Checkout feature, which allows users to buy merchandise from select brands without ever having to leave the social media app.

CNN this week reported that Facebook-owned Instagram is restricting the testing to only those individuals who have submitted high-quality research to its bug bounty program.

Instagram publicly announced Checkout in a March 19 blog post on its "Info Center" web page, noting that "Once your first order is complete, your information will be securely saved for convenience the next time you shop."

Instagram has also previously asserted it does not share payment information with sellers, and maintains sensitive financial information on secured servers, CNN reported.

Meanwhile, thousands of users including dozens of celebrities have fallen for an Instagram hoax that resurfaced after years. 

Celebrities including Julia Roberts, Usher and Rob Lowe shared a message on their accounts, which first appeared in 2012, warning users of a change to the social media service's privacy policy.

US energy secretary Rick Perry even posted it on his personal account in Instagram, writing: "Feel free to repost!! #nothanksinstagram."

Instagram has confirmed that notice is a hoax "There is no truth in the meme," was an Instagram spokerson's staple reply to media enquiries.

This article was originally published on SC Media US.

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