Several Twitter users were shocked to notice that their accounts were limited after they tweeted the word ‘Memphis.’ Several social media said that they found their accounts locked for around 12 hours as soon as they posted something containing the word ‘Memphis.’ This left everyone guessing about what the microblogging site has against the city along the Mississippi River. Memphis is the second-largest city in Tennessee. Several users shared screenshots of the suspension alerts Twitter sent to them. The alert sent by the microblogging site said that this happened because of the use of the word ‘Memphis’ but this kept users wondering how it happened.
It also caught the attention of players of the French football club at Olympique Lyonnais. The official English account of the club shared a picture of Dutch midfielder Memphis Depay while asking ‘can we talk about him yet?’ It also tagged the official account of Twitter. The tweet talked about how people are getting blocked while writing the name of the player. Some users even suggested that the problem some Twitterati faced was because Depay has got his name trademarked in order to not let people use it. The Tennessee-based basketball team the Memphis Grizzlies also pointed out the problem faced on Twitter. They also highlighted the problem that was around the use of ‘m word’.
Reacting to it, Twitter said that it was happening because of the bug within the system. “A number of users on our platform faced this problem while using the ‘Memphis.’ This was apparently happening because of a bug. This has been fixed and the user can now say the word. We are sorry that users had to face this problem,” the bird site said in a tweet. However, Twitter did not talk about how this bug started or why it was temporarily suspending accounts of users. Some believe that the possibility is that the world might have mistakenly flagged by the automated system of Twitter. Users were told that they violated the rule as they would have done by using offensive or otherwise banned language.