Here are three things that NBC prevented their public from being able to watch on network television so far this Olympic Games: live footage of the opening ceremony; live footage of Saturday's swimming showdown between Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte;
live footage of the USA men's basketball dream team.
A fourth thing they do not want people to see is the email address of Gary Zenkel, the executive responsible for this shambles. And a fifth thing is my Twitter feed,
which over the weekend contained a couple of dozen occasionally uncouth observations about their coverage, several of which were accompanied by the trending hashtag: #NBCfail.
Twitter's guidelines forbid users from
publishing what they call private information, including private email addresses . There is plenty of sense in this. But I did not Tweet a private email address. I Tweeted a corporate address for Mr Zenkel, which is widely listed online,
and is identical in form to that of tens of thousands of those at NBC.
I was not contacted by NBC or Twitter before my account was suspended.
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1st August 2012. See article from
independent.co.uk by Guy Adams
[Shortly before 6pm London time] I had received an email from Twitter support, announcing that I was no longer
verboten in Twitter-land:
Your account was suspended because a complaint was filed stating that you had violated our terms of service, it read. We have just received an updated notice from the complainant retracting the
original request. Therefore, your account has been unsuspended, and no further action is required from you at this time.
[Twitter] has yet to properly address growing suspicions that its decision to
suspend my account was motivated by a business relationship with NBC. The firms are running a cross-promotion throughout the Olympics. Was that why it chose to ignore its own rules?
Yesterday, the website, which is supposedly
dedicated to the democratic flow of conversation, did admit it had actually contacted its corporate partner urging it to complain so that my account could be shut down in the first place. A mea culpa on its blog said last night: We want to apologise
for the part of this story we did mess up. The team working closely with NBC around our Olympics partnership did proactively identify a tweet that was in violation of the Twitter rules and encouraged them to file a support ticket with our trust and
safety team to report the violation... Our trust and safety team did not know that part of the story and acted on the report as they would any other. We do not proactively report or remove content on behalf of other users no matter who they are.
[But close enough that's exactly what they just did!].
Extract: So what are Twitter's censorship rules
1st August 2012. See article from telegraph.co.uk
Twitter's rules, available via its
help centre , say:
Users must not impersonate others in a manner intended to mislead or deceive others.
Tweeters are not allowed to infringe companies' trademarks by either assuming their name or logo as part of their
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Members of the service must not publish other people's private and confidential information -- such as credit card numbers or home address -- without their express permission.
People will be permanently suspended from the site if they perpetually send spam or abuse -- which is defined as specific threats of violence against others .
And tweeters must not infringe
copyright rules, use the site for illegal purposes (adhering to the country's laws from which a person is tweeting) or misuse Twitter verification badges (which denote an account's authenticity with a blue tick).
users must not use obscene or pornographic images in either their profile picture or user background.
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