The Twitter account of a London newspaper reporter critical of NBC's Olympics
coverage was restored Tuesday, following his suspension from the service for
tweeting the email address of NBC's president.
Guy Adams, a correspondent for the British newspaper The Independent who is based in Los Angeles, was suspended from Twitter on Sunday after earlier sending a series of tweets critical of NBC's decision to delay broadcasting such Olympic events as the opening ceremonies. The final tweet included the public corporate email address of NBC President Gary Zenkel, which follows the standard convention of all NBC corporate email addresses.
San Francisco-based Twitter told Adams his account had been suspended for disclosing another person's private information, which is not allowed in its Terms of Service.
NBC admitted Monday that it had complained to Twitter about Adams' tweet.
Adams returned to Twitter on Tuesday with a series of tweets, saying that Twitter had informed him that, "We have just received an update from the complainant retracting their original request, therefore your account has been unsuspended."
"No further explanation given, or apology offered," Adams continued in a tweet.
"Our interest was in protecting our executive, not suspending the user from Twitter," an NBC spokesman told The Wall Street Journal on Tuesday. "We didn't initially understand the repercussions of our complaint, but now that we do, we have rescinded it."
NBC has racked up record ratings through the first couple days of the London Games, but also has faced harsh criticism online, largely from American viewers upset with tape-delayed coverage. Angry Olympics fans used the hashtag #nbcfail and even set up at least one parody account poking fun at the broadcasting delays.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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