Los Angeles based correspondent for The Independent Guy Adams account on Twitter has been suspended after he tweeted the email address of the president of NBC’s Olympic Coverage. Like all other media and general Olympic enthusiasts Adams also expressed his criticism to NBCs coverage of the 2012 London Games.
Outrage of the broadcasting channel initiated after NBC did not live broadcast the Opening Ceremony of the grand event on Friday, instead decided to broadcast it during prime time hours. Adam took the initiative of taking criticism one step ahead after he tweeted the email address of president of NBC Olympics. "The man responsible for NBC pretending the Olympics haven't started yet is Gary Zenkel. Tell him what u think! Email: Gary.email@example.com.”It was later confirmed from sources that Adams account on Twitter was suspended after he mentioned NBC email address.
Following the suspension of his account Adam reportedly emailed Twitter's European PR head, arguing that he did not post private information as Zenkel's NBC email address is "widely available to anyone with access to Google." Adams wrote about this experience in detail in The Independent saying that NBC not only prevented their audience from being able to watch the live footage of the Opening Ceremony, but also the live footage of Saturday’s swimming showdown between Michael Phelps and Brian Lochte along with the live footage of the USA men’s basketball ‘dream team’.
He has so far not been contacted by either NBC or Twitter regarding the suspension of his account. According to Adam if they had done so he might have removed the offending Tweet. Instead, they chose to make it a PR controversy that has allowed hundreds of thousands of people being made aware of its existence.
Apart from all this there are some burning questions that emerge from the experience that Adams has gone through. In conventional model of journalism, a journalist comes to know that he is doing his job properly when he attempts to shake the status quo. You know that you have really got under their skin when they move towards censorship, but the era of internet communication is supposed to be different.
With platforms like Twitter and Facebook available exchange of information and freedom to expression has reached unprecedented levels. However, the incident of Guy Adams does testify that even social media today, the most liberal of all medium has fallen captive to the rules of the powerful that demands either reverence or silence without opposition or criticism.