Cruel Hoax Locks Out Twitter Users

Cruel Hoax Locks Out Twitter Users
Users who changed their birthdate to access new Twitter color schemes have been locked out of their accounts.

(CCM) — Twitter has warned its users in a tweet about scam messages suggesting that they can access hidden color schemes by changing their birth date in their profile to 2007.

"Please don't do this," the tweet from Twitter Support says. "You'll get locked out for being under 13 year old."

Twitter restricted the use of its service to those of 13 years of age or older in May 2018, explaining that the social network is "not directed to children." In addition, companies operating within the EU are not allowed to create contracts of service with children under 13 without a parent's permission under the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

One tweet promoting the hoax has had nearly 20,000 retweets since it was first posted on Monday, but Twitter has not stated how many people have fallen victim to it and been locked out of their accounts.

Users who have lost access to Twitter can follow the instructions in an email they should have received or appeal the account suspension by submitting a ticket in Twitter's online help center.

This is not the first time that tweets have been used to promote scams. Hackers recently sent messages from accounts that they had taken over containing links that purportedly offered users free Bitcoins.

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