Scary Exploits at hijinksTwitter has seen its fair share of dysfunctions over the years. But the latest platform bug is the funniest we’ve seen in a while. Numerous Twitter users were banned for 12 hours on Sunday for simply tweeting the word ‘Memphis’, reports Gizmodo, the site informing them that they had broken the rules. Those in Twitter purgatory were limited to sending direct messages and could not tweet, retweet or like other tweets, according to screenshot suspension alerts shared by multiple users. Twitter has since fixed the issue and restored the accounts.
A number of accounts that tweeted the word “Memphis” have been temporarily restricted due to a bug. This has been fixed and the accounts have now been restored. We are sorry that this has happened.
– Twitter support (@TwitterSupport) March 14, 2021
Before it was resolved, some users were even pushing others to say the M word in order to kick them out of the service. The prank saw people asking what is the second largest city in Tennessee and the first name of Dutch football star Memphis Depay. Center-forward club Olympique Lyonnais also mocked the bug in tweets shared via his various Twitter pseudonyms, including the one in which he compared Depay to Voldemort (aka “the one who should not be named “). While the Memphis Grizzlies tweeted that Twitter bots were “flooding their comments” trying to get them to say the M word. In its tweet, Twitter support apologized for the bug, but provided no further information on what caused it.