It’s amazing that a public service announcement like this even has to be made:
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. You’ll get locked out for being under 13 years old.
— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) March 26, 2019
Twitter’s support team felt the need to warn users not to fall for a prank that told them Twitter’s user interface would offer them new colours if they told the service they were born in 2007, after a wave of users locked themselves out of their accounts.
Twitter, like many other services, doesn’t allow underage users to sign-up for their site.
I don’t know what’s a poorer reflection on society – that people didn’t realise the implication of claiming they were 12 years old, or that they were lured by something as daft as a new colour scheme.
Of course, some good might have come out of it if certain people had been locked out of their Twitter accounts.