The London 2012 Games have been touted as the first Olympics to live fully in the age of social media. But a rash of scandals related to Twitter has put a new mark on the face of the London Games. The stories range from a journalist's suspended account to a tweeting teen who has been arrested.
Swimmer Missy Franklin, 17, is being hailed as the next great U.S. swimming star, after winner her first gold medal in the London Olympics. She says that while standing on the podium, she thought about "all the things leading up to that moment. And it was so incredibly worth it."
Guy Adams of The Independent was among many contributing to the #NBCFail trending topic. Twitter suspended his account after he posted an NBC executive's email address. Adams says he didn't post private information, just something that was already public.
There has been much grousing on social media about NBC tape-delaying marquee Olympic events until its prime-time broadcast. Twitter users say it's a "stone-age" model, but NBC says it needs to protect its $1.8 billion investment. So far, ratings are up.
Guy Adams, a reporter at the British daily The Independent, says his Twitter account was shut down after he urged followers to contact an NBC executive with their gripes about the delayed broadcast. He included the name of the network's Olympics president and his e-mail address. NBC filed a complaint with Twitter, arguing the tweet violated the service's privacy rules because it included personal information.
When you give to WAMU, your tax-deductible membership gift helps make possible award-winning programs such as Morning Edition, All Things Considered, The Diane Rehm Show, The Kojo Nnamdi Show, and other favorites.