Official Texas football Twitter account gets suspended day before National Signing Day

UPDATE: The official Texas football Twitter account ( @TexasFootball) was reinstated as of 9:48 a.m. CT on Tuesday. However, the account was unverified and had a significantly reduced number of followers, both of which are common occurrences after an account is suspended. It has since gotten back its verification and all of its followers.

The official Twitter account for the Texas football program was apparently suspended since at least early Tuesday morning, one day before National Signing Day.

The suspension was first noted on a Texas message board for 247Sports. It is not clear when or why the account was suspended, though quite a few Longhorn fans joked that it was probably the work of Texas A&M fans.

As of 8:45 a.m. CT on Tuesday, the account was still suspended. Anyone who tried to view the Longhorns’ official account ( @TexasFootball) on their phone would see a screen like the one below.

Texas-Texas football-Twitter

The Twitter Help Center outlines three main reasons for account suspensions:

Spam: Most of the accounts we suspend are suspended because they are spammy, or just plain fake, and they introduce security risks for Twitter and all of our users. These types of accounts are against our Twitter Rules. Unfortunately, sometimes a real person’s account gets suspended by mistake, and in those cases we’ll work with the person to make sure the account is unsuspended.

Account security at risk: If we suspect an account has been hacked or compromised, we may suspend it until it can be secured and restored to the account owner in order to reduce potentially malicious activity caused by the compromise.

Abusive Tweets or behavior: We may suspend an account if it has been reported to us as violating our Rules surrounding abuse. When an account engages in abusive behavior, like sending threats to others or impersonating other accounts, we may suspend it temporarily or, in some cases, permanently.

The suspension comes at a pretty inconvenient time for any college football program. Schools use their official football Twitter accounts to announce and promote all their signees on Signing Day. Texas currently have the nation’s No. 3-ranked recruiting class in the country for 2018, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.

Fans and media members were both confused and amused by the mix-up.

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