Olympic Tweet Kerfuffle

Twitter employees alerted NBC staff to a British journalist’s tweets and showed them how to file a complaint against him, the television network has revealed. In an email to The Daily Telegraph, Christopher McCloskey, NBC Sport’s vice-president of communications, said Twitter had actually contacted the network’s social media department to alert them to Mr Adams’s tweets.

“Our social media dept was actually alerted to it by Twitter and then we filled out the form and submitted it,” he wrote.

Guy Adams, a foreign correspondent for The Independent, found his Twitter account suspended when he published the emails of NBC Olympic officials.

Cory Doctorow says it was really, really, really stupid.

UPDATE: Early Tuesday, Twitter apologized to journalist Guy Adams for suspending his account and Adams is free to tweet again. Twitter’s policy reads, “If information was previously posted or displayed elsewhere on the Internet prior to being put on Twitter, it is not a violation of this policy.” Zenkel’s email address has been posted on this site for more than a year.

Am I the only person who ENJOYS the storytelling skill of broadcast television journalists? The intrinsic drama and conflict are a great narrative, and the backgrounders and event mix, provide context. I think they do a great job under tight deadline pressure.

The IOC is the bad guy here. They view the Olympics as their property. No photos, videos or tweets allowed without their permission. Who do they think they are?

Last year Comcast agreed to pay the IOC $4.38 billion to carry the Olympic Games through 2020, in a move that raised questions about what strategic benefits would come from the high-price purchase. NBCUniversal Chief Executive Steve Burke said Comcast could approach break-even on this year’s carriage of the Olympic Games. The Olympics gives NBCUniversal more bargaining power in signing affiliate deals in the future.

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