Guy Adams, the UK journalist whose unhappy tweets about NBC’s Olympics coverage in the U.S. got him banned from Twitter, is back.
The account suspension unleashed a tsunami of condemnation for the social news network, especially since Twitter had a close relationship with NBC for covering the Olympics. Especially since, it turns, Twitter contacted NBC about the alleged infringements of the network’s terms of service.
In fact, Google News currently has almost 20,000 stories for “Twitter guy adams.”
Guy Adams broke the news himself, on Twitter, saying:
Twitter emails to tell me: "we have just received an update from the complainant retracting their original request..."— Guy Adams (@guyadams) July 31, 2012
"... Therefore your account has been unsuspended." No further explanation given, or apology offered— Guy Adams (@guyadams) July 31, 2012
This is good news. Someone at Twitter (and maybe NBC too) has come to their senses. Literally just a few moments before, I had published Twitter, you crossed the line, opining that …
Suspending the journalist’s account was obviously — obviously! — a horrendously stupid idea. Anyone with even the smallest amount of media sense had to know that this would blow up. That Adams’ paper would publish about it. That the technology press would pick it up. That it would become a big story.
I suppose someone at Twitter agreed.