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TechnologyViral Twitter birth year prank will get you locked out of your account

09:55  27 march  2019
09:55  27 march  2019 Source:   cnet.com

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Twitter is warning its users not to fall for the latest viral prank circulating on the platform, saying it'll get you locked out of your account . The hoax, which appears to have begun making the rounds on Monday, promises to make users' feeds more "colourful" if they change the birth year in their profile

Twitter is warning its users not to fall for the latest viral prank circulating on the platform, saying it'll get you locked out of your account . The hoax, which appears to have begun making the rounds on Monday, promises to make users' feeds more "colourful" if they change the birth year in their profile

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Twitter is warning its users not to fall for the latest viral prank circulating on the platform, saying it'll get you locked out of your account.

The hoax, which appears to have begun making the rounds on Monday, promises to make users' feeds more "colourful" if they change the birth year in their profile to 2007. An early tweet on the trick has been retweeted more than 13,000 times, but the only color change associated with this trick is the user's face turning red.

Twitter rules prohibit people under the age of 13 from having an account on the platform. And seeing how this is 2019, if you change your birth year to 2007, that would make you 12. That gets you locked out of your account, Twitter warned Tuesday in a tweet from its support channel.

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That gets you locked from your account , Twitter warned Tuesday at a tweet out of its support channel. “We’ve noticed a prank hoping to get — Twitter Service (@TwitterSupport) March 26, 2019. The user age issue flared last year when Twitter started automatically locking down reports of

According to Business Insider, " Twitter is warning users against falling for a viral prank that causes victims to get locked out of their accounts . The prank promises users that changing the birth year on their account to 2007 will reveal a special, more colorful version of the Twitter feed."

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

The user age issue flared up last year when Twitter began automatically locking down accounts of users who identified themselves as being under the age of 13, in response to the General Data Protection Regulation, a sweeping European Union internet privacy law that went into effect in May.

Users who've lost access to their account can appeal by logging in and following the prompts for inputting an incorrect birthday, a Twitter representative said. They can also fill out this form, and the Twitter team will assist them, the spokesman said.

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Twitter users are getting locked out of their accounts because of a viral prank — make sure you don't fall for it. Unfortunately, there's no colorful Twitter feed. Instead, following these instructions will lock you out of your account . That's because by changing your birth year to 2007, you signal to

Since Monday, Twitter users have been getting locked out of their accounts for changing their birth year to 2007 in hopes that the date change will unlock new colour schemes. On Monday, a tweet quickly went viral , saying that “changing your birth year to 2007 makes your twitter feed all colourful.”

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