Fnatic, one of the biggest esports esports organisations in the world, had their account removed from Twitter earlier today. The social media platform has now reinstated the verified account, but for a couple of hours Fnatic were completely without a central Twitter presence – and 1.2m followers – due to a Twitter boo-boo. It seems that someone at Fnatic may have changed their account’s birthday in Twitter’s settings to the date the org was founded: July 23rd 2004. As Twitter’s terms of service states that users must be aged 13 or over at the time of creating their account, this may have made it appear to Twitter that Fnatic were younger than 13 when they first set up their account. Twitter then simply closed the account automatically, leaving many in the esports industry left scratching their heads.
Fnatic founder Sam Mathews tweeted: Halp @Twitter Can we have @fnatic account back?! Can assure you I was 19 when I started it! “Our Terms of Service require everyone who uses Twitter to be 13 or older, and we have determined that you did not meet the minimum age requirement at the time this account was created.” — Sam Mathews (@sammathews) August 13, 2019 It raises questions as to Twitter’s terms of service and methods it has in place to prevent this kind of thing happening to other similar brands in the future. It seems Twitter’s age rules are designed with individuals in mind, rather than brands or businesses. THIS — Sam Mathews (@sammathews) August 13, 2019 Since being reinstated, it seems that Fnatic only has around 3,000 followers at the time of writing, however it’s understood this is just a visual bug and the 1.2m followers number should be back again soon. For example, Esports News UK was following Fnatic before […]
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