Here's Why Twitter Caved And Reinstated Guy Adams' Twitter Account

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Twitter’s been in an awful mess since it suspended the account of British journalist Guy Adams, a ferocious critic of NBC’s Olympics broadcast.

It’s a mess entirely of Twitter’s own making.

After Adams tweeted the email address of NBC executive Gary Zenkel—something that Twitter construed as a violation of its rules against posting private information—Twitter ratted him out to NBC and urged NBC to file a complaint. (Twitter has partnered with NBC to highlight the Olympics on its information network.) NBC complied. Twitter suspended Adams’s account.

This left Twitter, formerly a vociferous champion of free speech, in the position of looking like a censorious bully, one that favours its big corporate partners.

So here’s how Twitter is attempting to wriggle out of the situation: It told Adams in an email that NBC had withdrawn the original complaint—the complaint that, remember, it had urged NBC to make. And presto, Adams’s account was back!

Any bets that Twitter asked NBC to withdraw the complaint, too?

Now Twitter doesn’t have to explain why it violated its own cultural principles to cozy up to a business partner.

It’s as if it never happened!

Except it did.

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