Mar 27, 2019

Twitter birth-year hoax locks users out of accounts

Twitter has warned users to ignore a hoax suggesting an alternative colour scheme will appear in the app if they change their birth year to 2007. Instead, users who fall for the scam will be locked out of their accounts because Twitter prohibits anyone under the age of 13 from using the site. A spokesman for Twitter declined to confirm to the BBC how many people have succumbed to the hoax so far. Twitter said that anyone locked out of their account erroneously could follow instructions in an email they should have received from Twitter or fill out an online form. In another recent scam, verified Twitter accounts were taken over by hackers and used to spread fake links offering free Bitcoin to users.

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