Twitter is warning its users not to fall for the latest viral prank circulating on the platform, saying it'll get you locked out of your account.
The hoax, which appears to have begun making the rounds on Monday, promises to make users' feeds more "colourful" if they change the birth year in their profile to 2007. An
early tweet on the trick has been retweeted more than 13,000 times, but the only color change associated with this trick is the user's face turning red.
Twitter rules prohibit people under the age of 13 from having an account on the platform. And seeing how this is 2019, if you change your birth year to 2007, that would make you 12. That gets you locked out of your account, Twitter warned Tuesday in a tweet from its support channel.
"We've noticed a prank trying to get people to change their Twitter birthday in their profile to 2007 to unlock new color schemes," Twitter said in its
tweet. "Please don't do this. You'll get locked out for being under 13 years old."
The user age issue flared up last year when Twitter began
of users who identified themselves as being under the age of 13, in response to the automatically locking down accounts General Data Protection Regulation, a sweeping European Union internet privacy law that went into effect in May.
Users who've lost access to their account can appeal by logging in and following the prompts for inputting an incorrect birthday, a Twitter representative said. They can also fill out
this form, and the Twitter team will assist them, the spokesman said.
Celebrities who quit Twitter [Photo Services]
The singer deleted her account following backlash over her comments on rapper 21 Savage's deportation in February 2019. Though she tried clarifying and defending herself in later tweets, she soon deactivated her account. Lovato had previously quit Twitter multiple times – first in January 2012 and then in January 2013. In June 2013, she bid goodbye to the medium, only to return the next day.
The actress deleted her account in August 2018, two days after the announcement that she will be playing the first gay superhero in "Batwoman." The announcement sparked off an array of mean tweets questioning her casting. Her last tweet ended with the words: "... I am looking forward to getting more than 4 hours of sleep and to break from Twitter to focus all my energy on my next 2 projects. If you need me, I’ll be on my Bat Phone."
The "Call Me By Your Name" actor was back on the site after he deleted his account in November 2017 following a scathing Buzzfeed article about his career. He said the environment got too toxic for him, but was back in January 2018 joking, "They should put a blood alcohol measuring device on cell phones to keep you from drunkenly reactivating your Twitter..."
The singer-songwriter briefly deleted his Twitter account shortly after the first episode of "Game of Thrones" season 7 was broadcast in the U.K., in which Sheeran had a cameo as a soldier singing around a fire pit. Fans took to the microblogging site to blast his performance. He later wrote on Instagram, "I came off Twitter coz I was always intending to come off Twitter, had nothing to do with what people said about my game of thrones cameo." The musician previously shunned Twitter after facing flak for a concert where he was accused by some fans of using a backing track instead of a live band. While his account is still active, the bio reads: "I don't use this anymore, please follow me on teddysphotos on instagram, lots of love x."
The Academy Award-winning singer took a break from Twitter after he was blasted for his claim of being the first openly gay Oscar winner. He was also called out by screenwriter Dustin Lance Black to stop texting his fiancé, diver Tom Daley. On March 1, 2016, Smith tweeted: "I'm logging off for a while. Some Martinis shaken not stirred are definitely in order." He returned to Twitter in June the same year.
While hosting the BAFTA Awards in 2016, Fry made a joke about costume designer Jenny Beavan, saying that she dressed like a "bag lady." He was criticized by many for the joke, and after responding angrily to them, he deactivated his account, only to return a few months later.
The rapper was bothered by the negative comments she was receiving about her body on her Twitter page. The star, who had earlier talked about quitting Twitter, finally announced in February 2015 that her record label would be handling the page from then on. Her tweet read, “The Internet is the ugliest reflection of mankind there is.”
In 2012, Adele announced that she was quitting Twitter after receiving unpleasant comments about her newborn baby boy. The singer is back on Twitter, but has revealed that she is not handling the tweets herself.
The actor has quit Twitter multiples times so far, only to resume shortly after every time. He originally terminated it in 2012, after his wedding to Hilaria Baldwin. Thereafter, he quit in 2013 and then again in 2017.
In 2012, American singer Chris Brown deactivated his Twitter account following a heated argument with comedian Jenny Johnson. Within a week, he was active again on the microblogging site.
In December 2013, the British actress revealed that she had secretly joined Twitter under a fake name only to delete her account 12 hours later. "It made me feel a little bit like being in a school playground and not being popular and standing on the sidelines kind of going, 'Argh,'" she said. Knightley has stuck to her words.
In October 2012, the rapper took a break from the microblogging site, only to re-join to promote his new album in a unique way – by deleting his entire Twitter feed except for a tweet announcing the release date of the album "Yeezus
" in May 2013. After almost a year-long absence, he returned in April 2018, but only to quit again in October briefly.
The pop diva deactivated her account in November 2009 after being advised by her then on-and-off boyfriend Liam Hemsworth to quit. However, she returned a year and a half later. Hemsworth and Cyrus are now married.
The "Transformers" actress quit Twitter in January 2013 just one week after joining. Her last tweet on Jan. 9, 2013, read, “5 days on Twitter and I have yet to discern its purpose. #WhatIsThePoint ???” She hasn't tweeted or retweeted anything since.
The actor quit after a controversial tweet about Penn State football coach Joe Paterno, who had been relieved of his duties in the wake of the Penn State sex scandal. On Nov. 9, 2011, Kutcher tweeted "How do you fire Jo Pa? #insult #noclass as a hawkeye fan I find it in poor taste." He was soon bombarded with hate comments. After the incident, Kutcher handed over the management of his account to Katalyst Media.
Jennifer Love Hewitt
The actress quit the microblogging site in July 2013, citing "negativity”, “threats" and "bad vibes." She wrote, "I'm sad to say Twitter is no longer for me. I have enjoyed all the kindness and love that came my way, as well as support. But this break is needed.” She eventually got back to tweeting, but is not an active "tweeter," having tweeted in August 2017 last.