The saga of Guy Adams, the Independent journalist suspended from Twitter after a series of tweets critical of NBC, took an insidious turn on Tuesday as NBC claimed it filed its complaint about Adams at Twitter's behest. As you'll remember, the question at hand on Monday was whether Adams violated Twitter's policy when he posted the email address of NBC Olympics president Gary Zenkel. That's still in question, but the new twist is that the complaint about Zenkel's email address apparently didn't originate with NBC, as NBC had first said on Monday. Rather, writes The Telegraph's Amy Willis, "Christopher McCloskey, NBC Sport’s vice-president of communications, said Twitter had actually contacted the network’s social media department to alert them to Mr Adams’s tweets." That suggests the micro-blogging site was monitoring Adams' highly critical tweets about NBC's Olympics coverage and alerted the network, with whom it's partnering to cover the games, when it found one it thought could give it a reason to suspend Adams' account. That does not sound like the action of a neutral player.
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