Apparently if you set your iPhone to January 1, 1970 your phone will be disabled. Apple confirmed the faulty issue today. Unfortunately there’s no way to rid ourselves of the issue unless you’ve got gnarly tech skills or hacking ability.
Some users did this via a lame prank by 4chan and got hit pretty hard. The prank was supposed to show them a retro Apple iPhone. Which is stupid, because there’s nothing good about retro technology (save Nintendo).
So do yourself a favor and don’t accept stupid chain letters or emails from randoms giving away free shit. Because nothing is ever free and you will likely get screwed.