This seems more than a little embarrassing for Twitter. Seems the service suspended the very active account of Guy Adams, the Los Angeles-baed bureau chief for UK's The Independent, after a siege of weekend tweets pummeling NBC's coverage of the Olympics. He didn't post any criticism that lots of others haven't posted, but Deadspin says that he may have crossed Twitter's line by posting the work email address of NBC executive Gary Zenkel. Hardly seems enough, given the personal and actually private info that gets posted on Twitter all the time.
Adams also had written a scathing story on NBC in The Independent. But so what?
The paper's deputy editor posts on Twitter:
@archiebland @guyadams will have piece on heavy-handed suspension of acct up soon. For clarity's sake, came after he mentioned NBC bod's email address.
* 12:20 pm update: Adams has posted what he knows, and his account remains suspended. Excerpt:
Since I’m still trying to get to bottom of the hows and whys of my suspension, which conceivably raises various ethical issues relevant to journalism in the online era, it seems premature to comment further. Except, perhaps to say that I do not wish Mr Zenkel any harm, and to share a transcript of my most recent email to Rachel Bremer, Twitter's head of European PR.
"I'm of course happy to abide by Twitter's rules, now and forever," it reads. "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 NBC Universal 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."
This evening NBC Sports released a statement reading: "We filed a complaint with Twitter because a user tweeted the personal information of one of our executives."