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Guy Adams' Twitter restored after backlash


Screengrab from @guyadams Twitter account on July 31, 2012.

Twitter restored the account of journalist Guy Adams' following backlash over his suspension, the BBC reported.

The journalist, who writes for The Independent, found his account suspended after he posted the public email address of an NBC executive. He had also been very vocal in his criticism of NBC's coverage of the Olympics.

According to Yahoo News, Adams was alerted of his account being restored via email. "We have just received an update from the complainant retracting their original request," Twitter wrote. "Therefore your account has been unsuspended."

Adams said no further explanation or apology was given.

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However, the Guardian reported that Twitter's general counsel, Alex McGillivray said in a blog post:

"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," he added, according to the Guardian.

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Last Friday, Adams directed viewers to Gary Zenkel's email address, which Adams noted was publicly available. He tweeted: "The man responsible for NBC pretending the Olympics haven't started yet is Gary Zenkel. Tell him what u think!" according to The Huffington Post.

NBC said in a statement, "Our interest was in protecting our executive, not suspending the user from Twitter. We didn’t initially understand the repercussions of our complaint, but now that we do, we have rescinded it," according to The Huffington Post.

NBC Sport's vice president of communications, Christopher McCloskey, told The Daily Telegraph in an email that Twitter actually contacted the network about Adams' tweets.

Twitter and NBC entered a partnership to cover the Olympic Games this month, said The Daily Telegraph, noting that no money was exchanged in the deal.