Debunked: The reason why TikTok kept asking for your birthday in the last few days
If I get one more notification I will scream
If you went on TikTok over the last few days you will probably remember being asked to share your birthday. And again, and again. Until you were asked so many times you ended up throwing your phone across the room. No one else? Just me then.
In all seriousness many TikTok users expressed frustration and confusion at being asked to enter their birthday more than once. Upon opening the app you were presented with a question “When’s your birthday?” and told your age will not been shown publicly.
Most of us probably entered it thinking we wouldn’t be asked again and that it was a new security feature. However after being asked to enter it more than once many people flooded to Twitter to complain about the problem.
Bruh why tf is @tiktok_uk asking for my age every time I open the app!! I’ve entered my age about 200 times today 😭🤦♂️
— Lewis Waters (@imlewiswaters) May 3, 2021
It was then revealed by TikTok’s support team the app was experiencing a glitch in their system which was affecting people’s following and followers number.
On their Twitter they said: “We’re aware of an issue that is causing some accounts’ Following and/or Followers count to appear as zero. We appreciate your patience as we work to resolve this.”
We’re aware of an issue that is causing some accounts’ Following and/or Followers count to appear as zero. We appreciate your patience as we work to resolve this.
— TikTokSupport (@TikTokSupport) May 3, 2021
This glitch is thought to have brought up the birthday question on multiple times. Whilst it was annoying for some, for others it ended up with their accounts getting banned as a result of them entering a birthdate younger than 13 years old.
13 years old is the minimum age to have a TikTok account and therefore when people made a mistake inputting their date of birth they ended up blocked from their accounts.
The whole problem appears to be fixed and users do not have to enter their birthday once opening the app. And thank god, because I honestly don’t need anything getting in the way of my procrastination scrolling.