Twitter issues warning about a prank that locks users of their accounts

Twitter has warned users to ignore an online viral prank suggesting that an alternative colour scheme will appear if they change their birth year on their profile to 2007.

Instead, users who fall prey to this new scam will be locked out of their own accounts because Twitter requires you to be at least 13 years old in order to use the site.

Twitter prank

“We’ve noticed a prank trying to get people to change their Twitter birthday in their profile to 2007 to unlock new colour schemes,” Twitter said in its tweet. “Please don’t do this. You’ll get locked out for being under 13 years old.”

After the rollout of the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which was introduced in May of last year, Twitter started locking out accounts if it suspected that users were under the age of 13.

The company’s terms of use state that the platform is “not directed to children”.

GDPR rules

Within the EU, companies aren’t permitted to create a contract of service with users below the age of 13 without permission from parents or guardians, according to GDPR rules.

Twitter said that anyone who was locked out of their account to either fill out an online form appealing against the account suspension or follow instructions in an email that they should have received from the company.

The viral lie has been circulating for a number of days now, with one tweet promoting the prank having received over 30,000 retweets since it was posted on Monday.

“Damn changing your birth year to 2007 makes your twitter feed all colourful we been missin out,” the tweet read.

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