Was Twitter apology forced?
By taking a proactive editorial stance on the content they publish, Twitter may have compromised their "safe harbor" which protects Internet service providers and publishers from copyright infringement complaints.
Unlike user-originated take-downs of suspect material, Twitter spotted the issue and apparently requested NBC personnel create an official complaint. There was no violation of Twitter's terms of service since the information published (the commercial e-mail address of an NBC executive) was already on the Internet and deemed to be public information. This is not like pornography or abusive information which is a violation of Twitter's terms of service.
Twitter admits mistake … Twitter, not NBC, initiated the problem.
… we want to apologize for the part of this story that we did mess up. The team working closely with NBC around our Olympics partnership did proactively identify a Tweet that was in violation of the Twitter Rules and encouraged them to file a support ticket with our Trust and Safety team to report the violation, as has now been reported publicly. Our Trust and Safety team did not know that part of the story and acted on the report as they would any other.
As I stated earlier, we do not proactively report or remove content on behalf of other users no matter who they are. This behavior is not acceptable and undermines the trust our users have in us. We should not and cannot be in the business of proactively monitoring and flagging content, no matter who the user is — whether a business partner, celebrity or friend. As of earlier today, the account has been unsuspended, and we will actively work to ensure this does not happen again.
Posted by Alex McGillivray, General Counsel - @amac <Source>
Power to the users!
NBC’s heavy-handed Bully boys?
Was NBC, an Olympic Sponsor, responsible for closing the Twitter account of a journalist who was critical of NBC’s Olympic broadcast practices?
Guy Adams works as a writer for The Independent, a national newspaper in Great Britain. He lives in Los Angeles. Throughout the Olympics, he's taken to Twitter and ripped NBC repeatedly for its coverage of the Games in America.
Namely, he's criticized the network's reliance on using tape delays, a frustration shared by millions of viewers.
Only in a marriage of old media and social media, Guy Adams no longer has a Twitter account. It was suspended Tuesday, and both NBC and Twitter ought to be humiliated by their thin-skinned, heavy-handed, and essentially pointless behavior.
Adams was no doubt relentless in his tweets.
"Am I alone in wondering why NBColympics think its [sic] acceptable to pretend this road race is being broadcast live?" he wrote in one.
Adams said in a column for The Independent that Twitter claimed he crossed the line by tweeting out Zenkel's corporate email address and encouraging his followers to contact the executive directly.
The email address is easily identifiable, common with how thousands of NBC/Univision employees' email addresses are determined.
Twitter soon suspended Adams' account, he said. In an story he wrote in The Independent, Adams wrote that after filing an article critical of NBC's coverage, he checked his Twitter account only to find it had been suspended. When he inquired why, he received the following response: "Your Twitter account has been suspended for posting an individual's private information such as private email address."
Adams said he emailed Rachel Bremer, Twitter's head of European PR, to dispute that he broke Twitter's rules. The email address Adams tweeted wasn't a private address belonging to Zenkel, Adams wrote, but a corporate one attainable to anyone with access to Google.
"It's no more 'private' than the address I'm emailing you from right now," Adams wrote Bremer. "Either way, [it's] quite worrying that NBC, whose parent company are an Olympic sponsor, are apparently trying (and, in this case, succeeding) in shutting down the Twitter accounts of journalists who are critical of their Olympic coverage."
The decision, as expected, has gone over poorly on the website, where the freedom to express one's opinions, especially against high-ranking executives of multinational corporations, is highly valued. <Source>
Liberals traditionally attempt to shut down free speech when it is counter to their message. How else can you explain the democrat attempt to politicize the Federal Communications Commission and re-impose “fairness” doctrines that would have gutted “syndicated” talk radio shows like Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Mark Levin in favor of “locally produced” programming?
I deleted my Twitter account in protest.
Original Blog …
I can understand NBC’s restricted coverage to preserve their commercial advantage so as to insure a return on their multi-million dollar investment. Delaying certain telecasts until prime time in the United States to maximize commercial revenue.
But you cannot understand their “justification” of not carrying a live or streaming versions with this idiotic statement …
Olympics 2012: NBC defends blackout of opening ceremony
NBC wants viewers to know: The kickoff of the London Olympics was just too complicated to watch live.
The network is fighting back against intense criticism of its decision to black out the opening ceremony on Friday, instead offering a taped version hours later in prime time. Viewers reacted with disgust when they tried to watch live coverage of the event on TV or online but could only find a few bootlegging sites carrying the feed in the United States.
"We are live streaming every sporting event, all 32 sports and 302 medals," an NBC spokesman wrote in an email to Show Tracker.
"It was never our intent to live stream the Opening Ceremony or Closing Ceremony. They are complex entertainment spectacles that do not translate well online because they require context, which our award-winning production team will provide for the large prime-time audiences that gather together to watch them. <Source>
unless you understand the “socialist” viewpoint of the network …
Liberals, the politically correct name for Democrats, Marxists and Communists, believe that all of you are unexceptional and interchangeable units of population that need to be managed by an enlightened ruling elite so as to preserve scarce planetary resources for the benefit of collective society. They believe that the state owns everything and it is up to the ruling elite to insure “fairness” and implement their signature redistributive plan: “from each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs.” What they never say is that the ruling elite is always, without exception, corrupt and self-serving. Believing that the means, fair or foul, justifies the ends.
“They are complex entertainment spectacles that do not translate well online because they require context, which our award-winning production team will provide for the large prime-time audiences that gather together to watch them.”
Translation: you cannot possibly understand what you are seeing and hearing – unless we tell you what is happening and how to think about what is happening.
Bottom line …
The arrogance of the ruling elite will be their downfall. Perhaps while all of the shrill leftist commentary and blind support of Barack Obama has cost NBC a significant portion of their audience. The privilege accorded to the media in recognition of their role of “telling truth to power” should be revoked for those who ignore journalistic practice and ethics.
The mainstream media has been compromised and can no longer be trusted when it comes to political news. It is one thing to exhibit bias in commentary and entertainment – but not hard news.
“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!
“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw
“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”
“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS "The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius “A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell “Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar “Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS
“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS