British journalist's Twitter account suspended after he criticized NBC's Olympics coverage
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The Independent's Los Angeles bureau chief, Guy Adams, lost access to his Twitter account because he revealed the corporate email address of an NBC executive on Twitter after complaining about the network's Olympic coverage, John Koblin writes.
Adams called Matt Lauer a "tosspot," savaged NBC for making people on the West Coast wait six hours to watch the opening ceremonies and shared NBC Olympics President Gary Zenkel's work email address. Emails Koblin reproduces from Twitter say Adams got his account yanked because of that last one.
Your account has been suspended for posting an individual's private information such as private email address, physical address, telephone number, or financial documents. ...
It is a violation of the Twitter Rules to post the private and confidential information of others.
Except, it's not. Felix Salmon points out that Twitter's rules contain no such prohibition.
Reuters editor Matthew Keys says the suspension originated with a complaint by NBC:
NBC Sports confirms to me they filed a complaint with Twitter because a user tweeted personal information about one of its executives. — Matthew Keys (@ProducerMatthew) July 30, 2012
Facebook communications manager Iain Mackenzie points out on Twitter that Adams also shared the address of a site to watch the opening ceremonies live that has been blacklisted.
— Iain Mackenzie (@iMacUK) July 30, 2012
Adams replied to Twitter, saying Zenkel's email address is "widely available to anyone with access to Google" and follows the same naming protocol as other NBC employees. For what it's worth, I tried to find Zenkel's email via Google but couldn't verify Adams' contention because of a rash of stories about Adams. Pumping that address into Rapportive brings up Zenkel's profile, and it does follow the same convention as other NBC employees I've emailed.
The optics aren't good for NBC, which is already taking heat online for its Olympic coverage. Adams wrote a piece for The Independent that just went live; it closely follows Koblin's account.
Though I’m still banned from Twitter, so unable to personally verify this, colleagues inform me that my suspension has suddenly become a matter of public debate.
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