By: Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY Sports | February 7, 2018
In a case of inconvenient timing, Twitter suspended the official accounts of several major college football teams right as National Signing Day arrived.
A day after the Twitter account for the University of Texas football team was suspended for close to 10 hours, the Twitter accounts from Georgia, Missouri and South Florida all had their accounts briefly suspended on Wednesday — right as major signings started to get announced.
In an email exchange with USA TODAY Sports, a Twitter spokesperson suggested the suspensions came as a result of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, although the social media network does not comment on individual accounts. The DMCA suspends accounts after three violations within a certain period. Several Missouri fans noted on social media that the program’s promotional songs may have featured copyrighted songs — potentially prompting the suspensions.
Although the four teams eventually had their accounts restored back to normal following the brief suspensions, the restoration process removes followers and leaves the account unverified. The short-term suspension on Tuesday led the Longhorns’ football account to go from more than 189,000 followers to just 12,000 in the time frame. It also was temporarily unverified before the followers were restored.
The timing is inopportune, given the impact of signing day. On a day when social media is heavily utilized by programs for big signing announcements, lack of followers and credibility do not do a program any favors.
According to Twitter, an account is suspended if there is a violation of terms and use policy. Some common violations include spam, security risk and abusive tweets or behavior. The social networking site has an official appeal process for suspensions.