Twitter Throws Olympics Journo to NBC Wolves

Twitter Throws Olympics Journo to NBC Wolves

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A British journalist was silenced by Twitter after criticizing NBC's Olympics coverage.

NBC's coverage of the Olympics has attracted its share of criticism, and some of the most vitriolic came from Guy Adams, Los Angeles bureau chief for the Independent. "I have 1000 channels on my TV. Not one will be showing the Olympics opening ceremony live. Because NBC are utter, utter bastards," was one of Adams' Tweets, and there were many more in a similar vein. Adams has since been silenced after a complaint from NBC, and NBC claims it was Twitter that alerted them to the issue.

Christopher McCloskey, NBC's vice-president of communications, let the cat out of the bag when he told a British newspaper that "our social media dept was actually alerted to [Adams' Tweets] by Twitter and then we filled out the [complaint] form and submitted it." NBC later tried to shift the blame elsewhere, by claiming that "Twitter alone levies discipline" and all it did was fill out a form. Twitter refused to add to McCloskey's statement, but Adams' account was suspended and the offending Tweets removed shortly after that form was submitted. Thus a British journalist working for a national newspaper reporting on the London Olympics was gagged by an American company after the journalist criticized another American company.

Twitter has defended its action by claiming that Adams breached its terms of service. Allegedly Adams released personal information - an email address - belonging to an NBC executive, and that was why he was banned. Adams disputes this charge saying that, while he did Tweet the address, it was the executive's public company email address not his personal one, which means it oughtn't to have been protected by the terms of service.

In an email to Twitter since made public, Adams said 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." NBC isn't just an Olympic sponsor; it's also partnered with Twitter, with a dedicated Twitter team working with NBC in Colorado to help spread the official Olympics message. Twitter has yet to find a significant, reliable revenue stream, and something like this NBC partnership could lead to other marketing opportunities.

Ironically, this comes not long after Twitter got on its soapbox and defended free speech, by revealing the number of times the governments of the world - and the American government in particular - had been requesting Twitter data. It would seem different standards apply when it's Twitter's corporate friends pulling the strings.

Source: Guardian

Update: Guy Adams' Twitter account has been restored. A Twitter spokesman confirmed that "the team working closely with NBC around our Olympics partnership did proactively identify a tweet that was in violation of the 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." The spokesman went on to say that proactively reporting user content was not acceptable. "We should not and cannot be in the business of proactively monitoring and flagging content, no matter who the user is - whether a business partner, celebrity or friend. As of earlier today, the account has been unsuspended, and we will actively work to ensure this does not happen again."

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Karloff:
Ironically, this comes not long after Twitter got on its soapbox and defended free speech, by revealing the number of times the governments of the world - and the American government in particular - had been requesting Twitter data. It would seem different standards apply when it's Twitter's corporate friends pulling the strings.

Oh man, this whole part really just makes this article. In short, Twitter are all about defending the people when it doesn't affect their income.

Also, obligatory "Fuck you NBC!" here.

NBC: Because watching Mr. Bean play with an Ipod is more significant than acknowledging terrorism in other countries.

DVS BSTrD:
NBC: Because watching Mr. Bean play with an Ipod is more significant than acknowledging terrorism in other countries.

Actually, they replaced the "acknowledging terrorism in other countries" bit with Ryan Seacrest interviewing Michael Phelps if I remember correctly.

Ah like so many other companies.
There money is NOT where their mouth.

"FREEEEEEEDDDDOOOOOOOOOOOMmmmmm- Oh you mean we might make less money? THEN FUCK YOU!"

cursedseishi:

DVS BSTrD:
NBC: Because watching Mr. Bean play with an Ipod is more significant than acknowledging terrorism in other countries.

Actually, they replaced the "acknowledging terrorism in other countries" bit with Ryan Seacrest interviewing Michael Phelps if I remember correctly.

Exactly, Mr Bean is what they STAYED for.

I mean if it was Black Adder or Inspector Raymond Fowler I'd understand but NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOooooooooooooooooo, it has to tailored for 'American Audiences'.

All hail the almighty dollar, the true king of the entire world. If the dollar wants you silenced, you get silenced.

Ain't that surprising considering that most western nations are plutocracies anyways. If you got the munny, you got the power to do what you wish.

Such BS. I hope NBC gets mega-spammed with complaints.

Not that I think twitter was right, but silencing one british journalist's anti-NBC tweets is like taking an eyedropper to lake superior.


Can't believe this shit actually flies.

Why do people idolise american culture again? I forgot, or rather, I've never understood in the first place.

Typical american corporation:
"S0RY, CANT HER U OVR THE SOUND OF AL OUR $$$$$$, LOO000OL!!!"

His account has now been restored after a user protest, and due to a lack of actual reason to banning him. He didn't post private information, and it's censorship to silence one who is merely criticising a service and showing others how they can legitimately complain too.

Those wanting to read the full text of the statement made by Twitter General Counsel Alex Macgillivray can find it here:

http://blog.twitter.com/2012/07/our-approach-to-trust-safety-and.html

I have absolutely no idea what's going on. Who the hell cares about Twitter?

Nimcha:
I have absolutely no idea what's going on. Who the hell cares about Twitter?

Not many, just a mere 170 million people, maybe less.

Nimcha:
I have absolutely no idea what's going on. Who the hell cares about Twitter?

Why would we care about the first time in human history when people across almost all walks of life, around the entire globe, finally start talking to each other? Spreading information about things where reporters are not located in near real time, along with awareness of causes that would never/rarely reach people outside of the local area.

Yeah, it has silly restrictions in how things are implemented, and serves most people as a new form of navel gazing and ego stroking. But that doesn't take away the advances in global awareness Twitter has enabled.

The same goes for Youtube and Wikipedia. We have, for the first time ever, places for random people to develop and refine ideas in a way that lets others (around the world) collaborate and improve on them without being in the academic community surrounding the project. This is an enormous stride forward in how we go about advancing every aspect of our society and technology. Of course, there's a large percentage of morons/trolls/drunk people screwing up the signal to noise ratio, but that's to be expected when other people are involved.

And they don't ban Spike Lee or giving out the wrong address and asking for people to harass George Zimmerman.

Before someone takes this outta context I am not supporting Zim. Or Lee. Im pointing out double standards.

Kross:

Nimcha:
I have absolutely no idea what's going on. Who the hell cares about Twitter?

Why would we care about the first time in human history when people across almost all walks of life, around the entire globe, finally start talking to each other? Spreading information about things where reporters are not located in near real time, along with awareness of causes that would never/rarely reach people outside of the local area.

Yeah, it has silly restrictions in how things are implemented, and serves most people as a new form of navel gazing and ego stroking. But that doesn't take away the advances in global awareness Twitter has enabled.

The same goes for Youtube and Wikipedia. We have, for the first time ever, places for random people to develop and refine ideas in a way that lets others (around the world) collaborate and improve on them without being in the academic community surrounding the project. This is an enormous stride forward in how we go about advancing every aspect of our society and technology. Of course, there's a large percentage of morons/trolls/drunk people screwing up the signal to noise ratio, but that's to be expected when other people are involved.

And why would that be a good thing? In my opinion, individuals are smart. Groups of individuals are stupid. On the internet it's pretty much the same only most individuals are already stupid.

 

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