Twitter Wilts Under Olympic Pressure to Suspend Protest Account Over Logo Use

By Gary Cutlack on at

Twitter, which gained some positive press earlier this month for refusing to hand over user details and tweets to the US authorities, has undone all of that good work by surrendering to the absurd demands of the Olympic organisers and suspending a protest account that used the Olympic logo as part of its avatar.

The account, operated by protest group Space Hijackers, was temporarily suspended, with Twitter informing its owner that it was ""using a trademark that could be confusing or misleading with regard to a brand affiliation."

In short, the LOCOG Olympic organiser tried to pretend it truly believed people might think a handful of anti-capitalist protesters could be mistaken for some sort of official Olympic news feed due to its use of the famed logo, hence the complaint. The account in question is now back up, with a new, inoffensive, text-based logo. [Guardian]