Reporter suspended from Twitter for anti-NBC tweets

Guy Adams, Los Angeles bureau chief of U.K. newspaper The Independent, had his Twitter account suspended, supposedly at NBC's request after Adams criticized the network for its Olympic coverage, reports Deadspin.

The message that allegedy got Adams suspended from Twitter was a tweet that included the work email address of Gary Zenkel, President of NBC Olympics and Executive Vice President of Strategic Partnerships for NBC Sports. This supposedly violates a rule in Twitter's terms of service, which reads, "You may not publish or post other people's private and confidential information, such as credit card numbers, street address or Social Security/National Identity numbers, without their express authorization and permission."

However, as noted by Felix Salmon and linked by Deadspin, Adams' tweet did not technically violate Twitter's terms of service, because Zenkel's email address is neither private or personal, but a public work email address.

The reason for the kerfuffle is that Adams' suspension suspiciously followed a string of anti-NBC tweets, complaining about the network's poor coverage of the 2012 Olympics. Adams' tweets, though now unavailable on Twitter itself due to the suspension, were preserved by Topsy and are available to read in Adams' own account of the ordeal. But with choice quotes such as "Am I alone in wondering why NBColympics think its acceptable to pretend this road race is being broadcast live?" it's not hard to see why NBC wasn't happy with Adams' commentary.

NBC, for its part, did confess to Sports Illustrated reporter Richard Deitsch that the company filed a complaint with Twitter.

Source: Deadspin, The Independent

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they suspended him for that but justin bieber tweeting a stalker's phone number who then received 1000's of abusive calls/texts and yet he doesn't get suspended. Clearly twitter only cares about the $$$ that nbc is giving them.

My understanding was that the coverage was horribly butchered and they even removed the part with the tribute to the london bombings, which personally I find very wrong as it was a moving tribute.

Wow, Guy Adams seems like a childish bitter baby. That's coming from his original tweets, not from after he was banned. He gets super ****ed off over a network deciding to air the Olympics when people would watch it??

It would have been dumb to air it earlier, since far fewer people would have been able to watch it (I wouldn't have been able to).

andrewbares said,
Wow, Guy Adams seems like a childish bitter baby. That's coming from his original tweets, not from after he was banned. He gets super ****ed off over a network deciding to air the Olympics when people would watch it??

It would have been dumb to air it earlier, since far fewer people would have been able to watch it (I wouldn't have been able to).


Yes, that makes sense but why pretend it was a live event?

andrewbares said,
It would have been dumb to air it earlier, since far fewer people would have been able to watch it (I wouldn't have been able to).

Crazy idea, but maybe they could have aired it twice? Or maybe on a second channel? Or online? Or *something*?

De.Bug said,
Am I a conspiracy theory if I'm wondering if NBC had a hand in suspending his account?
yes, you stupid conspiracy theorist! /s

De.Bug said,
Am I a conspiracy theory if I'm wondering if NBC had a hand in suspending his account?
"NBC, for its part, did confess to Sports Illustrated reporter Richard Deitsch that the company filed a complaint with Twitter."

De.Bug said,
Am I a conspiracy theory if I'm wondering if NBC had a hand in suspending his account?

Bah.. if you expect mainstream media to tell you the truth about what going on in the world... then you have truely not awakened yet. look into alternative media like InfoWars and PrisonPlanet to uncover the truth.

netsendjoe said,

Bah.. if you expect mainstream media tell you the truth about what going on in the world... then you have truely not awakened yet. look into alternative media like InfoWars and PrisonPlanet to uncover the truth.

Umm, NBC admitted to filing a complaint to Twitter. I have no clue what crazy nonsense youre talking about.

netsendjoe said,

Bah.. if you expect mainstream media to tell you the truth about what going on in the world... then you have truely not awakened yet. look into alternative media like InfoWars and PrisonPlanet to uncover the truth.
isnt infowars and prisonplanet run by Alex Jones?