This Twitter Prank Locks You Out of Your Account, Company Warns

The prank tells you that changing your birth year to 2007 will unlock a new colour scheme. Instead, it blocks you.

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Twitter users have been falling for a prank that promises them a different colour scheme if they change their birth year to 2007. What it actually does is, it locks you out of your account for being less than 13 years old. Twitter rules don't allow users below 13 years of age to use the social network platform.

The tweets started circulating since Monday, 25 March, according to a Buzzfeed report. Changing your birth year to 2007 unlocks new colour schemes, they said.

The prank caught enough attention for the Twitter support team to step in. On Wednesday, Twitter urged people to not fall for this prank – “Please don’t do this. You’ll get locked out for being under 13 years old,” the tweet read.


Tweets for this prank have received as high as 15,000 retweets but, as CNet quotes – "the only change of colour is the user's face turning red."

Last year, Twitter had started blocking accounts of users who identified themselves as being below 13 years old. This happened after the European data protection regulations (GDPR) came into effect.

Twitter has also sent out instructions to those affected, in order to restore their accounts, the company further said.

(With inputs from CNet and Buzzfeed Tech)

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