Biggest Critic Of NBC's Awful Olympic Coverage Has Twitter Account Suspended For Tweeting NBC Exec's Email

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One of the loudest critics of NBC Universal’s awful Olympics coverage was Guy Adams, who certainly wasn’t pulling any punches with his Olympics-related tweets. Either way he was a bit surprised to find his account suspended. When he sought to find out why, he discovered it was because he had tweeted the email address of Gary Zenkel, NBC’s exec in charge of the Olympics coverage. Twitter claims that this was the revealing of “private information,” in violation of Twitter’s terms of service.

Adams, quite rightly, found this to be odd, noting that Zenkel’s corporate email address is not private at all. As Deadspin shows in the link above, Adams let Twitter’s PR folks know it:

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 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, 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 journliasts who are critical of their Olympic coverage.

Adams also wonders if the suspension happened because of complaints from NBC — a Twitter partner in this Olympics coverage, remember — who is upset about Adams’ constant berating on Twitter as well as in the publication he writes for, The Independent. In fact, NBC has put out a statement confirming that it filed a complaint about Adams’ Twitter account, though Twitter did not need to then suspend his account.

And, of course, as tends to happen in these sorts of situations, Gary Zenkel’s email address is now much more widely available because tons of press reports are including it.

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btr1701 (profile) says:

Re: Re:

> I really don’t see a problem with twitter
> having a standard rule for everyone and
> every situation when it comes to putting
> out email addresses, business or home.

But they don’t. A few months ago, when Spike Lee tweeted the home address of George Zimmerman after the Trayvon shooting, Twitter didn’t suspend Lee’s account. And it was all the worse because Lee didn’t even tweet the correct address and ended up victimizing some completely innocent people to the point where they had to flee their home for their own safety.

This is clearly a case of Twitter silencing a critic at the behest of NBC and they’re just using the email address as a flimsy excuse for doing it.

JMT says:

Re: Re:

“I really don’t see a problem with twitter having a standard rule for everyone and every situation when it comes to putting out email addresses, business or home.”

Only in a very simplistic world (yours maybe?) does one rule cover all situations without causing stupid situations, like widely publicised email addresses being considered private.

“I think if you have issues with that kind of good manners to users then you’re looking way to hard to find problems with things.”

I think if you don’t have an issue with NBC censoring a critical journalist then you’re not looking hard enough.

surfer (profile) says:

Re: Re: Re:4 Re:

My comment just flew right over your head didn’t it.. I own my mom’s house, she’s dead, and a house in Colorado, and a house in Florida, also, my mom’s house doesn’t have a basement, nor have I lived there for 34 years,.. I just rent it out now, and I STILL file share instead of paying the MAFIAA, now, with that in mind, ask yourself why I still refuse to give any money to entertainment industries.

Jealous much?

Darryl says:

come down to intent

Why would someone post an email address that was allready publicly available ??? for what purpose was it designed to achieve ?

Simple really,, he wanted to incite his followers to email this person, and incite them to spam, flood, or otherwise harass this person.

There is simply no other reason why someone would do that, unless he/she was looking for trouble..

I know, Masnick makes him out to be all innocent, and did not ‘mean’ anything by it, but perhaps he can explain WHY he would even do that ?

I hope they delete his account, and put him on a permanent ban..

drew (profile) says:

Re: come down to intent

Possibly he posted it so that people would write to this chap and point out how awful his coverage was and request he sort his act out. I mean, it’s only the biggest sporting event in the world…

ALternatively, why would you post such a deliberately goading post here, knowing that all you’ll do is provoke a frustrated / angry response?

Kevin (profile) says:


Let’s face it. This Olympics is a flop. it is obvious that the TV networks world wide know that they have little chance of attracting the number of viewers previous Olympics had.
The OIC can be blamed. Allowing NON Olympic events to enter the games, I’m talking about team sports such as basketball, soccer, tennis and such, bore people. We see enough of it during other times.
The Olympics is suppose to be for individual achievements not team sports.
Dump them all and get back to basics and then, maybe, the Olympics will survive. Follow the current trend and in 20 years it will be a non event, maybe sooner

ann lamberti says:

olympic coverage

I do not have a friend or family member in the olympics, however we have people from all over the world the have spent a life time preparing for the games and all we are getting are announcers who in their own right are talented but this is about the atheletes. You need to give as many of them as possible some air time . folks this is NOT a variety show this is the OLYMPICS. Show these dedicated people more, it so hard for me to understand why this is not paramount. Thanks Ann

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