The Houston Rockets’ Twitter account apparently has made bail has been released from captivity. What caused this in the first place? Let’s take a look.
The Houston Rockets are barely two weeks into the offseason and drama has already ensued in regard to a major tool the team uses to communicate to its fanbase. It’s extremely baffling to me how this happened but I’m sure Twitter had a good reason for this because the decision to suspend such a prominent account that had up to 2.8 million followers was not taken lightly.
What’s going on? According to Matt Young of the Houston Chronicle, the Houston Rockets allegedly violated a clause with a few of their social media posts containing copyrighted music. The franchise did confirm this notion in a statement to the press.
I’m positive Travis Scott, Bun B, or Paul Wall didn’t object to the Houston Rockets using their stuff — they’d likely welcome it — but my best guess it was from somebody else that likely put in a complaint to Twitter directly or their filters were able to pick up what was being done.
I’m positive the Houston Rockets have given their social media manager some re-training in regard to how to use music for various posts but I think their job should be safe as it was an honest mistake.
In fact, I have no idea who the current social media manager is but I still recall the infamous Chad Shanks, who’s tweet heard round the world caused a tizzy back in 2015 that ultimately had him pack up his desk at 1510 Polk.
The Houston Rockets Twitter account was suspended Monday afternoon and according to what
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I’m seeing at the time of this post, it’s back up and running with only 355K followers. It may not have completely loaded as that follower count isn’t remotely close to 2.8 million at this moment.
Nonetheless, it looks like the account has been up since about 8 p.m. CDT Wednesday as various fans have already commented on their last post, welcoming them back.
Young also wrote that the Iowa, Iowa State, Auburn and Rutgers football Twitter accounts were suspended as well for the same reasoning as the Houston Rockets.
Could this be some evil plot engineered by the villains of Silicon Valley, headed up by business magnate Joe Lacob, the Golden State Warriors owner? Is it a lesson to be taught to the Houston Rockets to not sprout out their chests too far? No, but it’s fun to think — as well as chuckle — of such a wild conspiracy theory.
It’s terrific to see their account getting up to full speed and I’ll continue to engage as I usually do throughout the week.
The crisis has been averted and we can now all get back to regularly scheduled programming…