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Man Gets Twitter Ban ‘Kill Streak’ After Tricking People Into Saying The Word 'Memphis'

Man Gets Twitter Ban ‘Kill Streak’ After Tricking People Into Saying The Word 'Memphis'

Dozens of accounts had their tweets removed yesterday

Dominic Smithers

Dominic Smithers

A man claims to have achieved a Twitter ban 'kill streak' of 24 after getting other accounts blocked for tweeting the word 'Memphis'.

Dozens of users saw their accounts shut down for 12 hours yesterday (14 March) after posting the seemingly innocuous word.

The bizarre happening led to a number of people attempting to trick fellow users into writing it in order to get them temporarily booted off the site.

And one person has boasted that they managed to get two dozen people blocked as result, which is fairly good going, actually.

In a bid to avoid the ban, some took to adding accents onto certain letters in the word or writing it out in capitals. For example, 'Memphìs' and 'Memphis'.

At the time, no one was quite sure what was going on.

Even footballer Memphis Depay's current club Olympique Lyonnais joked about the bizarre series of bannings.

Sharing a snap of the player, the club's US/UK account asked: "Hey, @Twitter - can we talk about him yet?"

Twitter has since confirmed that it was the work of a bug, which has now been fixed.

In a statement to Gizmodo, the social media giant said: "The issue referenced was a result of a bug, and has since been resolved."

The message one account received after tweeting the word 'Memphis'.

But while those who fell victim to the bug will have had their accounts reinstated, the same cannot be said for more serious and repeat offenders.

Last month, Twitter announced Donald Trump will be banned from Twitter forever - even if he decides to take another punt at the presidency in the future.

The former POTUS was booted off the social media platform back in January after the deadly Capitol riots.

And Twitter's chief financial officer Ned Segal has said the ban will remain no matter what.

He told CNBC's Squawk Box: "If you are removed from the platform, you are removed from the platform.

"Whether you are a commentator, you're a CFO, or you are a former or current public official.

"Remember our policies are designed to make sure that people are not inciting violence. And if anybody does that we have to remove them from the service. And our policies don't allow people to come back."

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