Guy Adams, a Los Angeles correspondent for London paper The Independent, was suspended from Twitter on July 30 after tweeting the email account of Gary Zenkel, the President of NBC Olympics.
In an email to Adams, Twitter stated that his “account has been suspended for posting an individual’s private information such as private email address, physical address, telephone number, or financial documents.”
According to Adams, the email address he tweeted is a public, corporate email address, and should not be considered private information.
In an email to Twitter, Adams stated that it was “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.”
Over recent days, Adams has taken to Twitter to lambast NBC’s coverage of the event. In a recent article penned for The Independent, Adams was highly critical of the network’s coverage, saying that viewers are being forced to “suffer some of the most invasive advertising in the history of television,” and that NBC has decided to “blithely ignore the advent of the internet era.”
Although Adams’s Twitter account has been suspended, his Twitter stream is still available on MuckRack. Adams told Mashable that he is “still trying to get to the bottom of it.”
Update: According to Reuters deputy social media editor Matthew Keys, NBC Sports has confirmed that they filed a complaint with Twitter because Adams “tweeted personal information about one of its executives.”
We have reached out to both NBC and Twitter for comment.
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