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Twitter banned Runescape account, deciding that it was created by an 8-year-old child

This week, the official MMORPG Runescape Twitter/X account was temporarily suspended. Now it has been restored, but the reason for the ban was that Twitter decided that the account was created by an eight-year-old child, which violates the rules of the service.

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On Monday, the official F2P RPG Runescape account with more than 320 thousand followers disappeared from Twitter without warning. Fans wondered what happened, suggesting bots or hacking. It was only clear that Elon Musk’s social network suddenly banned the official Runescape without explanation. However, the accounts of Old School Runescape and developer Jagex remained valid. What really happened? The reason for this is the humorous indication of the date of birth in the profile from 15 years ago.

 

According to PC Gamer, the Runescape account was blocked due to the fact that when creating a profile in 2009, Jagex used the game’s release year – 2001 – as the birth date. Thus, it turned out that the account was created and maintained by an 8-year-old child. And the Twitter rules say that you can only use the network if you are 13 years old. Moreover, even if you are over 13 years old, but the account was created earlier, punishment will follow. Jagex senior communications manager Danni Amos confirmed that this was the reason for the ban.

 

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X/Twitter flagged the account as being created by someone under 13 years of age. In fact, this was not the case, and after providing some evidence, the account was reinstated this morning.

 

According to Twitter’s policy, users who registered under 13 can reclaim their account, but the company must first delete all tweets by a certain date.

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