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Twitter suspends outraged journalist for NBC email share

Daniel A. Anderson

The Tower Bridge is lit with fireworks over the river Thames as the Olympic flame is lit in the Olympic Stadium a few miles away.

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.

NBC Sports said in a statement Monday, "We filed a complaint with Twitter because a user tweeted the personal information of one of our executives...According to Twitter, this is a violation of their privacy policy. Twitter alone levies discipline."

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 first.last@nbcuni.com."

REACTION - Here are some of the things people are saying about the Twitter/NBC/Guy Adams suspension:

Pay no attention to the tape-delay behind the curtain...

What some people are saying about the Twitter / NBC / Guy Adams suspension situation. [via KPCC.org]

Storified by Lisa Brenner · Tue, Jul 31 2012 10:21:37

If you missed today's Guy Adams/NBC drama, it should be running on tape-delay at some point tonight. #FreeGuyAdams #NBCFailNBC Live Fail
Twitter puts foot in Guy Adams' mouth. I didn't know Twitter and NBC were partnered to "promote" network's coverage. http://ind.pn/N7LGNoRoger Ebert
Just told a reporter that I'll withhold final judgment on #twitterfail if they recant, reinstate & recognize the danger of what they've doneJeff Jarvis
Well, since Gary.zenkel@nbcuni.com's email address is very public now, I guess Twitter can reinstate Guy Adams' account?matt buchanan
NBC's no. 1 tweeting critic, @guyadams, has been suspended from Twitter. Read his tweets here http://deadsp.in/ySCYDeadspin
@twitter Reinstate Guy Adam's account, Spike Lee tweeted an elderly couples address and he got nothing.#Epic failT H
My colleague @guyadams' Twitter account was suspended after @NBC complained about his tweets criticising the network's #Olympics coverageKevin Rawlinson
If Twitter doesn't reinstate Guy Adams, it's a defining moment http://bit.ly/Q8Tr9s via @GuardianTech @TechZaderChristopher F Clark

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