UPDATE, 1:13 PM:Twitter has given journalist Guy Adams his account back today. “Oh. My Twitter account seems to have been un-suspended. Did I miss much while I was away,” The Independent reporter tweeted earlier today upon his return to the social media site. Twitter told Adams in a brief email that “the complainant retract(ed) their original request.” The journalist’s Twitter account was suddenly suspended Sunday after he let loose with a series of critiques of NBC’s Olympic coverage. In one tweet Adams gave followers the business email of NBC Sports boss Gary Zenkel if they wanted to complain about the network’s tape delayed and edited coverage of the London Games. NBC filed a complaint with Twitter saying that private information about one of their executives had been revealed. NBC and Twitter have an agreement for the social media site to act as the narrator of the Games. It seems that agreement is partially what caused the suspension. “The team working closely with NBC around our Olympics partnership did proactively identify a Tweet that was in violation of our Twitter Rules and encouraged them to file a support ticket with our Trust and Safety team to report the violation, as has now been reported publicly. Our Trust and Safety team did not know that part of the story and acted on the report as they would any other,” wrote Twitter General Counsel Alex Macgillivray today. “We will actively work to ensure this does not happen again,“ he added. Today NBC said, “our interest was in protecting our executive, not suspending the user from Twitter. We didn’t initially understand the repercussions of our complaint, but now that we do, we have rescinded it.”
NBC and Twitter announced a deal last week that the social media site would serve as the official narrator for the Summer Games. In a piece The Independent posted online Monday afternoon, Adams detailed his correspondence with Twitter’s European PR chief over his account’s suspension this weekend: “I’m of course happy to abide by Twitter’s rules, now and forever…but I don’t see how I broke them in this case: I didn’t publish a private email address. Just a corporate one, which is widely available to anyone with access to Google, and is identical [in form] to one that all of the tens of thousands of NBCUniversal employees share. It’s no more “private” than the address I’m emailing you from right now. Either way, [it’s] quite worrying that NBC, whose parent company are an Olympic sponsor, are apparently trying (and, in this case, succeeding) in shutting down the Twitter accounts of journalists who are critical of their Olympic coverage,” Adams wrote. Representatives of Twitter did not respond to requests for comment.
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