Twitter Responds To The NFL’s Claim They Had Nothing To Do With Deadspin’s Twitter Suspension
Deadspin's Twitter account (and @SBNationGif) was suspended yesterday for a few hours with little explanation. Just, poof -- no more @Deadspin. That was it. Rogue nation state? Cyberterror group? Vindictive sports cult? Jason Whitlock? Bears? No one seemed to know why one of the most trafficked blogs in existence suddenly went dark on social media.
At some point it became clearer that the reason for the takedown involved the unauthorized use of game footage, namely that of the the NFL (among other professional sports leagues). Why this resulted in a temporary social media shutdown is anybody's guess.
Via The New York Times...
Agencies representing the N.F.L. and Ultimate Fighting Championship filed complaints against Deadspin, according to Twitter. Takedown notices against SB Nation were filed on behalf of two major college football conferences, the Big 12 and SEC.
@Deadspin was suspended at about 5:30 p.m. Eastern time and returned around 7:45 p.m. after Gawker Media appealed to Twitter. Late on Monday, @SBNationGIF remained offline.
John Cook, the executive editor at Gawker Media, said the company received 18 copyright notices from Twitter regarding 16 Deadspin tweets. Those tweets were not taken down, but Twitter stripped them of GIFs containing N.F.L. highlights.
Around 9 p.m. last night, ESPN's Darren Rovell tweeted out a statement from the NFL that denied any specific request for the two accounts to be punished. No one believed it.
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) October 13, 2015
A taste of how distrustful football fans are of Roger Goodell's regime, below...
— Joe (@josephcrowley28) October 13, 2015
— Ball Does Lie (@BallDoesLie1) October 13, 2015
@darrenrovell says the league that routinely lies their ass off. HAHA HAHA. Okay, Roger.
— Masshole Sports (@MassholeSports) October 13, 2015
— Stinky Earl (@StinkyEarl) October 13, 2015
— Matt (@U2BFM) October 13, 2015
— Chris Hatcher (@LunchpailD) October 13, 2015
— Rob Morgan (@morganbombs) October 13, 2015
— D Distefano (@dittydee) October 13, 2015
— j mcdermo (@JJmcdermo) October 13, 2015
— Glen (@glengerman) October 13, 2015
— bradlee meighan (@bmeighan13) October 13, 2015
— Piku (@therealpiku88) October 13, 2015
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