British Journalist Banned From Twitter For Criticising NBC's Crappy Olympics Coverage

By Sam Gibbs on at

Oh dear Twitter. NBC might be your broadcasting partner for the Olympics, but that doesn't mean you should ban people for criticising them and tweeting a company email address.

It's not quite clear why Guy Adams, a US correspondent for The Independent, had his Twitter account ripped from under him. Twitter said it was for violating its rules on private information disclosure. The thing is, Gary Zenkel, NBC's head of Olympics, has his email address publically listed, and anyone with access to Google can find it. It's also a company email address, so whether it actually counts as "private" information, who knows.

Thankfully, here in the UK the BBC has been doing a stellar job of covering the Olympics for the most part -- where there are issues it's mainly been the Olympic Broadcast Service or LOCOG's fault -- but in the US, NBC's been making a right hash of it. Mistaking Australia for Austria and calling it European; tape-delaying coverage; cutting out crucial bits for adverts, and even getting rid of our 7/7 tribute from the Opening Ceremony -- can you even imagine the outrage that'd be felt if we cut something like that coming out of America from a UK re-broadcast?

Anyway, this could potentially be very damaging for the freedom of speech (not abuse) on Twitter, especially when a corporate client of Twitter's is involved. Let's hope it all gets cleared up, and NBC's coverage gets better. Honestly, I'm getting a bit sick of the American's bleating on about it. Grab a VPN and watch our coverage folks, it's pretty damn good. [Telegraph]