Twitter is in the middle of a PR nightmare after bringing down a hailstorm of critical tweeting on its own head after suspending the account of a British newspaper’s Los Angeles correspondent after he criticized NBC’s coverage of the Olympics.
NBC said it had complained to Twitter after Adams published the email address of Gary Zenkel, the president of NBC Olympics, encouraging people to complain to him about the TV network’s delayed broadcast of the opening ceremony of the Games.
Adams also referenced several gaffes and insensitive remarks by NBC commentators, including the memorable remark that they “haven’t heard” of Tim Berners-Lee, the British inventor of the world wide web. However, suspicions that Twitter had over-reached itself and strayed into censorship were heightened by the fact that the firm has entered into a deal with NBC Universal in which Twitter becomes the official narrator of live events at the Olympics. Meanwhile, Twitter users have rallied to the defense of Adams. (The Guardian)