Twitter birth-year hoax locks customers out of accounts

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Customers will not get a brand new color scheme on the Twitter app if they alter their start 12 months, the social community says

Twitter has warned customers to disregard a hoax suggesting another color scheme will seem within the app if they alter their start 12 months to 2007.

As a substitute, customers who fall for the rip-off might be locked out of their accounts as a result of Twitter prohibits anybody underneath the age of 13 from utilizing the positioning.

“Please do not do that,” the corporate mentioned through a tweet.

A spokesman for Twitter declined to verify to the BBC how many individuals have succumbed to the hoax up to now.

Twitter has robotically prevented customers underneath 13 from utilizing the social community since Might final 12 months and its phrases of use state that the social community is “not directed to youngsters.”

Throughout the EU, firms aren’t allowed to create contracts of service with customers underneath 13 with out parental permission, in keeping with the just lately adopted Normal Knowledge Safety Regulation (GDPR).

Twitter mentioned that anybody locked out of their account erroneously might observe directions in an electronic mail they need to have obtained from Twitter or fill out an internet type.

The hoax has been circulating for a couple of days, with one tweet selling it having obtained practically 20,000 retweets because it was posted on Monday.

BBC Information discovered a number of customers nonetheless posting tweets suggesting the birth-year change would activate a brand new design on the positioning.

Many seem to have been taken in by the hoax, although some have remained good-humoured about it.

Others, nevertheless, have expressed dismay that they’ve misplaced entry to their accounts.

In one other current rip-off, verified Twitter accounts had been taken over by hackers and used to unfold faux hyperlinks providing free Bitcoin to customers.

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