Pranks on Twitter are nothing new. Constantly, there a number of them going round on the micro-blogging site. Recently, there was this big Bitcoin and PayPal scams and now this ridiculous prank. The viral new prank tells users to change their Twitter birth years to 2007. It promised that changing your birth year to 2007 will unlock new colour schemes, give you admin privileges, or even get verified.
This is getting users locked out of their accounts because changing the birth year to 2007 makes the person 12 years old. And per Twitter’s policies, you should be 13 years old or above to be eligible to join the site. So when you change it, your age depreciates to 12 years and Twitter automatically locks your account since you’re underage.
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After some people tried this crazy prank, their accounts were automatically locked.
The prank had gone too far so Twitter had to issue a caution telling its users not to join in the “2007 birth year” hoax.
“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. We don’t have color schemes based on your birthday.”
If you fell for the prank you can contact Twitter Support to get the account back. Those who fell for the prank and got their accounts locked will have to follow a long process to restore their Twitter accounts. Follow the instructions in the email the company has sent you to regain access.
To get your account back, Twitter would require the submission of ID proofs to prove your real age. As part of the process, you would have to upload a copy of your government-issued ID — one that has your age or birth year on it.
Needless to say, just be careful of things you come across on Twitter like this one. If it isn’t coming directly from the company, then it’s advisable to let it pass.