A Twitter spokesperson also provided Gizmodo the following statement: “The issue referenced was a result of a bug, and has since been resolved.”


However, if true, that doesn’t seem to be the case for everyone. Twitter wouldn’t let me back into my account until I deleted my “Memphis” tweet and even then several features are still limited. Trying to tweet or retweet anything prompts an alert, pictured below, that my account will remain mostly out of commission for the next 12 hours. We’ve reached out to Twitter for further clarification on this.

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Screenshot: Twitter/Gizmodo

Not that I’m complaining, really. A 12-hour break from this hellsite sounds like a vacation.

Whatever this bug is, it may only affect us blue-checkless proles, as Twitter doesn’t appear to flag my verified coworker’s tweets containing the word. Pictures or image descriptions with the word “Memphis” also don’t seem to trip Twitter’s ban hammer.


There’s a certain irony in seeing Twitter’s swift crackdown on the word “Memphis” after years of struggling to moderate the rampant abuse and bigotry on its platform. But that’s Twitter for you: an online haven for literal Nazis but god forbid you tweet about the birthplace of rock ‘n roll.