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Twitter Suspends Journalist's Account After Criticism Of NBC Olympics Coverage

 1:29 pm on Jul 31, 2012 (gmt 0)

Oh dear, that's going into territory i'm not sure they ought to be heading, imho.

Twitter Suspends Journalist's Account After Criticism Of NBC Olympics Coverage [guardian.co.uk]
Twitter has brought down a hail of critical tweeting on its own head by suspending the account of a British newspaper's Los Angeles correspondent following his acerbic reporting of NBC's coverage of the Olympics.

The social media network hummed with the indignation of thousands of its users after the Twitter feed of Guy Adams of the Independent disappeared. The paper's deputy editor, Archie Bland, confirmed the suspension, calling it "heavy-handed".

NBC said it had complained to Twitter after Adams published the email address of one of its senior bosses. "We filed a complaint with Twitter because a user tweeted the personal information of one of our executives. According to Twitter, this is a violation of their privacy policy. Twitter alone levies discipline."



 7:08 pm on Jul 31, 2012 (gmt 0)

One question is whether the email address was public or not. Outing private info is a no-no in most communities, and I can see Twitter taking the action it did in response to a specific complaint.

The original coverage I saw suggested that the email was easily guessable, which isn't the same as public. Similarly, if I could discover the email by detailed research but not by going to public profiles, I'd say that's not public.


 10:17 pm on Jul 31, 2012 (gmt 0)

yep, although i hate twitter, their autocratic management (cutting down their api etc) and all the free publicity in even publicly funded media - this doesn't seem to be the right case to show their no doubt existing incompetence.


 10:28 pm on Jul 31, 2012 (gmt 0)

um .. this is sort of what happens when you play in someone elses yard ..

This guy could have done this on his own platform and that would have been the end of it. Instead he posted it to twitter .. now he's having to deal with everybody elses interpretation of what might be right or wrong.


 11:32 pm on Jul 31, 2012 (gmt 0)

Oh .. and then this happens .. [guardian.co.uk...]

NBC really needs to get their act together me thinks ..

Got the story link off of the new Digg.com just a few minutes ago.


 2:30 am on Aug 1, 2012 (gmt 0)

The exec's email address can be seen on the web numerous times going back to 2009. Twitter's mistake was to not use Google to check this out.


 4:50 am on Aug 1, 2012 (gmt 0)

No, they did not use BING to check it out NOT Google.


 5:58 am on Aug 1, 2012 (gmt 0)

NBC paid over 1 BILLION dollars for exclusive broadcasting rights and they made the decision to show the games on an 8+ hour time delay(horrible, horrible idea from any position other than ad revenue) and so they would have KNOWN people would try to circumvent the delay and they would have KNOWN results may be on twitter.

So the question is did NBC and Twitter work together to keep Olympic data out of the feeds and did they have any kind of partnership in working together to keep NBC on a pedestal? Was this vocal twitterer stepping on those toes?

I sincerely hope NBC does not bid for the next Olympics, the time delay has been causing all kinds of spoilers and for what, ad revenue for NBC? The worse part about it is that NBC isn't taking responsibility for that, they are blaming the public... including this reporter?

Can't wait for the details to be revealed, i'm sure they will be on Twitter.

Marketing Guy

 7:57 am on Aug 1, 2012 (gmt 0)

No, they did not use BING to check it out NOT Google.

Maybe they did use Bing that's why they missed it! ;)


 2:40 pm on Aug 1, 2012 (gmt 0)

Twitter defends its stance.

Twitter Clarifies "Trust and Safety, and Private Information [blog.twitter.com]
We want to take a moment to explain some of our general Trust and Safety policies and procedures, and address the specific case at hand that has unfolded over the past 48-hours (we normally donít address matters pertaining to individual accounts for the privacy of the account, but here the relevant communications are now public).

When our Trust and Safety team receives a report from a user explaining that his/her private personally-identifiable information has been posted on Twitter, we investigate the issue and temporarily suspend the account if it is found to be violating our Guidelines & Best Practices. We make it possible for people to report posting of their private information because it may be used to harass or intimidate, and in certain circumstances may even be illegal. We have systems in place to address such behavior.


 7:13 am on Aug 3, 2012 (gmt 0)

According to me, Twitter's clarification is invalid.

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