Is Instagram deleting fan pages on December 20? No, that's not true: A rumor has gone viral that the social media network would be getting rid of celebrity fan pages, with the rumors creating panic for the users who run accounts for their famous idols. But a company spokesperson for Facebook, which owns Instagram, denied the claim to Lead Stories, saying the policies regarding fan pages will not be changing on December 20.
In case I count as a fan page I don't want my account to be deleted
This is what the post looked like at the time of writing:
The post claimed:
If you are a fan page/fan account PLEASE READ December 20 it starts to become illegal to have a fan page. Instagram will be deleting EVERY fan page. It probably will take some time for them to find you though. You will not be deleted UNLESS Your idol (the idle your fan page is for) will need to tell Instagram you have the permission to make it. So like for example <don't delete @addisonraeq they have my permission> PLS be aware and spread this note and send to the fan page as you know!!
The claim was made on Facebook posts as well.
The policy for Instagram regarding Fan Accounts states:
You can create Instagram accounts dedicated to celebrities, public figures, brands, or organizations that you're interested in to show your support or share your opinions of those individuals, brands, or organizations. However, creating an account to impersonate someone is against the Community Guidelines and could result in the removal of your account.
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