A British reporter who had his Twitter privileges revoked for criticizing NBC Olympic coverage and tweeting the corporate email address of an NBC executive, has his Twitter account back again.
Digital Journal first told you about the incident over the weekend, but now the social media giant and NBC have both issued apologies to Guy Adams for the incident.The New York Times reports that VP for media at Twitter, Chloe Sladden personally apologized on her Twitter feed for "the oversight," and she included a link to Twitter's Trust and Safety and Private Information webpage to remind Twitter users about the rules and why the decision was made to take down Adam's account.
Twitter general counsel lawyer, Alexander Macgillivray says the company identified a Tweet that may have been in violation of the rules and encouraged NBC “to file a support ticket with our Trust and Safety team to report the violation.” NBC also issued a statement apologizing for having the reporter’s account suspended. In a statement, the network says, “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 “We didn’t initially understand the repercussions of our complaint, but now that we do, we have rescinded it.”
Adam's first tweet was, “Oh. My Twitter account appears to have been un-suspended. Did I miss much while I was away?”
British journalist Guy Adams first tweets since his account was reactivated
The case has been a hot topic on social media sites with both NBC and Twitter bearing the brunt of the criticism and posters calling it an issue of free speech and censorship.
There have been several incidents involving Twitter at the London Games causing some people to refer to them as the Twitter Olympics.