For a company dedicated to reducing barriers to communication, Twitter can seem amusingly slow to communicate on some matters.— Gabe Rivera (@gaberivera) July 30, 2012
Twitter’s suspension of journalist Guy Adams so soon after his brutal criticism of NBC’s Olympics coverage certainly didn’t pass the smell test, but Techmeme’s Gabe Rivera has provided a thoughtful defense of Twitter’s actions.
Twitter, of course, has teamed with NBC to cover the 2012 Olympic Games, and it was NBC’s complaint — that Adams had violated Twitter’s terms of service by tweeting the non-public email address of NBC’s Gary Zenkel —that led to the suspension. Rivera argues that Twitter may have had a point. Just what is a non-public email address?
As many pointed out, it’s not hard to figure out a business address. But does that make it public?
After Adams’ suspension, which critics called “ominous” and “appalling,” a clarification of terms of service would be welcome.