Beware the Twitter birth year hoax that will get you locked out of your account

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Beware the Twitter birth year hoax that will get you locked out of your account



TWITTER is warning users to be aware of a hoax that claims changing your birth year to 2007 will unlock alternative colour schemes on the network.
Users who do this will be automatically locked out of their accounts due to 13 being the minimum age for having a Twitter account.
Alamy You have to be over the age of 13 to have a Twitter account
Changing a birthday to a date in 2007 would make any user one year two young for the social networking site.
Twitter Support has tweeted: “We’ve noticed a prank trying to get people to change their Twitter birthday in their profile to 2007 to unlock new color schemes.
“Please don’t do this. You’ll get locked out for being under 13 years old.”
Twitter has also stressed that it doesn’t provide different colour schemes based on birthdays.
Alamy The hoax has been circulating for a few days now
Any Twitter users who have followed the hoax and locked themselves out can follow reset instructions listed in the email they should have received from Twitter or they can fill out an online form.
The hoax has been circulating on Twitter for a few days and one tweet that promotes it has received nearly 20,000 retweets since Monday.
Twitter has been automatically preventing people under 13 from creating an account since May 2018 as it says that the site is “not directed to children.”
Due to recently adopted General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), companies cannot create contracts of service with anyone under 13 without parental permission within the EU.
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