Twitter users who used the word “Memphis” were temporarily banned from their accounts over the weekend due to a bizarre bug. Several users shared screenshots of messages from Twitter stating that their account was restricted for violating the platform’s rules after tweeting a message with the word “Memphis” on it.
Twitter on late Sunday confirmed the bug and said it had been fixed.
Reports of the bug surfaced after some football fans noticed posts mentioning Olympique Lyonnais player Memphis Depay had been blocked.
The French football club tweeted a picture of their Dutch striker with the message: “Hey, @Twitter – can we still talk about him?”
Others joked about the seemingly taboo.
“When bots flood our comments with ‘say the m word’,” the Memphis Grizzlies NBA team tweeted with a video of a player blocking a shot.
Some users expressed concern about the taboo surrounding the rock and roll house in Tennessee where Elvis Presley grew up.
Others referred to the Monty Python comedy “Life of Brian” starring attorney George Conway, a critic of Donald Trump, who referred to the scene where a man is supposed to be stoned for saying the word “Jehovah”.
“A number of accounts that tweeted the word” Memphis “were temporarily restricted due to an error,” said Twitter support on Sunday.
“It has been fixed and the accounts have now been restored. We’re sorry this happened.”
Some users found that Twitter could, albeit accidentally, ban a certain term and urged it to better address abuse on the platform.
“Hi Twitter, I’m glad you fixed that. Now please ban the Nazis,” tweeted one user.