Criticising the Olympic Games is a sport unto itself, but it wasn't Guy Adams' commentary that got the Los Angeles-based reporter for The Independent suspended by Twitter, it was his alleged violation of service policy when he tweeted the questionably-public corporate email address of NBC Olympics president, Gary Zenkel.
Disturbed Friday by the rift in the continental space/time tape-delay continuum, Adams asked his followers to write Zenkel and complain about the network's coverage.
"The man responsible for NBC pretending the Olympics haven't started yet is Gary Zenkel. Tell him what u think!" read the now-hidden tweet, which included the email address.
A spokeswoman told the AP that Twitter -- an NBC partner in Olympics-related social media projects -- never comments on individual users privacy issues. Work emails are consider private, she said, unless they're publicly shared. Adams contends he found Zenkel's email with a simple online search, though the results came from a non-NBC website.
Zenkel's email address, however, is born of a basic, widely known corportate naming convention, and is easy to detirmine. "His address is not a private email address...It's a corporate address...It's a corporate account. It's company information," said Adams.
Deadspin spells out the policy and the pickle clearly, saying, "people can't post 'non-public, personal email addresses.' NBC executives' corporate email addresses are neither personal nor private. They can be found at firstname.lastname@example.org."
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