OMG! Early Twitter Drama at the 2012 London Games
We knew that this year’s Olympic Games would be the world’s first Socialympics, with a record-breaking number of spectators tweeting, checking in and uploading footage to Instagram and YouTube. We also knew that we’d have unprecedented access to athlete’s lives and behind-the-scenes views from the Olympic Village.
We also knew that there would be some Twitter drama as well. We expected athletes to break with their social media guidelines. We didn't expect that ...
A Greek athlete would be expelled from the Games just before the Opening Ceremony for spewing racist tweets.
A Swiss athlete would also banned for racist tweets just after the Games began.
A seemingly troubled young man would be arrested for hurling abusive and threatening tweets at British diver Tom Daley.
It’s obviously a good thing to protect our athletes from threats and to eject athletes that betray the Olympic Spirit, just as it is good to secure the stadiums and screen athletes for drug abuse.
What's not so good, however, is the fact that Twitter recently banned an Independent correspondent for what seems like criticising American broadcaster NBC’s handling of the Games.
The official response from Twitter is that Guy Adams was banned for posting the private and confidential information of others. Many people, and mounting evidence, suggest that the "private and confidential" argument does not hold weight and that Adams has been unduly banned.
The Olympic Games are meant to bring out the best in all of us. However, with more than two billion socially connected people in the world, there’s bound to be a few bad eggs. Hopefully we’ll make it throughout the rest of the Games without any more high-profile embarrassments.