A photographer has been banned from his Twitter account after a NASA launch video was mistaken as PORN

Questions have been raised again about Twitter’s automated moderation tools after video of a rocket launch and footage of a meteor shower was mistaken for pornography.

Space photographer John Krause was happily sharing photos and video of the historic Artemis I explosion on Wednesday when he received a notification saying his account had been locked for “violating the Twitter rules.”

The Florida-based snapper was told that one of his posts violated the social media giant’s guidelines because it shared “a person’s privately produced/distributed intimate media without their explicit consent.”

Mr. Krause appealed and was told if he deleted the video his account would be unlocked.

His experiment came to light just 24 hours after an astronomer claimed she was banned from her Twitter account for several months over a video of her meteor shower.

Mary McIntyre, from Oxfordshire, said moderate site bots missed explicit content.

Ban: Twitter first banned an astronomer for posting a video of a meteor — and now a space photographer has been banned from his account (shown) after his footage of the NASA Artemis launch was pornographic.

John Krause (pictured) was happily sharing photos and videos of the historic outburst when he received a notification saying his account had been locked for 'violating the Twitter Rules'.

John Krause (pictured) was happily sharing photos and videos of the historic outburst when he received a notification saying his account had been locked for ‘violating the Twitter Rules’.

Mr. Krause has not yet tweeted about the ban, but a separate account @Erdayastronaut, belonging to rocket fan Tim Dodd, detailed what happened (pictured)

Mr. Krause has not yet tweeted about the ban, but a separate account @Erdayastronaut, belonging to rocket fan Tim Dodd, detailed what happened (pictured)

Mary McIntyre, from Oxfordshire, made a six-second animated video of the Perseid meteor shower four months ago but it was banned after it was reported to have breached the rules for containing 'intimate content without participant consent'

Mary McIntyre, from Oxfordshire, made a six-second animated video of the Perseid meteor shower four months ago but it was banned after it was reported to have breached the rules for containing ‘intimate content without participant consent’

It said the clip (displayed) was mistaken for explicit content by the site's moderation bots

It said the clip (displayed) was mistaken for explicit content by the site’s moderation bots

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She made a six-second animated video of the Perseid meteor shower four months ago but it was banned after it was reported to have broken the rules for containing ‘intimate content without participant consent’.

Her initial 12-hour ban lasted for months and the online appeal process was exhausted.

She was told she would She is only allowed back on the platform if she deletes the tweet and checks the box to acknowledge that she broke the rules.

Ms McIntyre’s account was restored after the BBC highlighted her experience.

MailOnline has contacted Mr Kraus for more information on his Twitter ban.

He hasn’t tweeted yet about it, but a separate account @Erdayastronaut, belonging to rocket fanatic Tim Dodd, has detailed what happened.

Mr. Dodd tweeted yesterday that Mr. Krause was banned from Twitter on “the day of his career’s biggest launch”.

He wrote, “I would like to acknowledge that our good friend and rocket photography extraordinaire @johnkrausphotos has been completely banned from Twitter since yesterday, for some arbitrary and ridiculous reason, the day of the biggest launch of his career.

“The worst possible timing.”

Mr Dodd added: “I know he is [Mr Kraus] He was excited to share his new pics, new calendar, and stuff featuring #Artemis1.

So since he can’t, I will. Support his work by shopping and checking out his 2023 calendar (btw he didn’t ask me to do this, I just feel for him) http://johnkrausphotos.com.

The Artemis I mission lifted off from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Wednesday morning

The Artemis I mission lifted off from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Wednesday morning

Mr. Krause appealed but was told if he deleted the video his account would be unlocked

Mr. Krause appealed but was told if he deleted the video his account would be unlocked

Mr. Kraus and McIntyre’s experiences are just two examples of harmless tweets reported as violating Twitter’s rules amid a turbulent time for the social media platform following the acquisition of tech mogul Elon Musk.

Mass layoffs in an effort to turn a profit wiped out teams fighting misinformation as outside brokers learned over the weekend that they were out of a job.

Twitter fired its contractors for tracking hateful and other harmful content on Saturday, and some said they were unaware of their dismissal — only realizing when they weren’t able to log into their work systems.

Twitter left many of its full-time email workforce on November 4.

McIntyre's initial 12-hour ban lasted for months and the online appeal process was exhausted

McIntyre’s initial 12-hour ban lasted for months and the online appeal process was exhausted

Speaking to BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, Ms MacIntyre said: “It’s just crazy. I get a DBS check every year because I do a lot of work with school children and scouts.

“I really don’t want it on my record that I shared porn when I didn’t.”

She added: “I must have gone through the appeals process as many times as I could.

“We found an online contact form on the help page, and I must have called them eight times now, and got nothing.”

A conservationist also revealed how he was slapped on the wrist for tweeting about pink-footed geese as they flew over his house earlier this week.

Nick Acheson, who uses Twitter with the moniker @themarshtit, said he tweets ‘almost exclusively’ about nature and was surprised to find his account had been suspended for ‘violating’ the platform’s rules.

Twitter has been contacted for comment about the ban but has not yet responded.

What is Twitter’s policy on hate speech?

Twitter says it does not tolerate behavior that harasses, bullies, or uses fear to silence other social network users.

Twitter users who violate these rules could find their content deleted, or their account access suspended by the social network.

What does Twitter block?

According to the company, it will remove any tweets that do the following:

  • Threat of physical violence
  • Promote attacks based on race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability, or serious illness
  • Refers to mass killings, violent events, or specific means of violence in which these groups are the primary targets or victims
  • Arouses fear of a particular protected group
  • Frequent use of racial and sexist slurs, labels, and tropes without the consent of others
  • Content designed to devalue a specific user

Twitter users can target specific individuals or groups with a number of methods, for example using the @ mentions feature, or tagging a photo.

How does Twitter enforce these rules?

According to the company, the first thing to do when an account or tweet is flagged as inappropriate is to check for context.

Twitter says: “Some Tweets may appear offensive when viewed in isolation, but may not be viewed in the context of a larger conversation.

“While we accept reports of abuse from anyone, sometimes we also need to hear directly from the target to make sure we have appropriate context.”

Twitter says the total number of reports received about an individual post or account does not affect whether or not something gets deleted.

However, Twitter can help prioritize the order in which it searches through flagged tweets and accounts.

What happens if I violate Twitter’s policy?

Twitter says the consequences for violating our rules will vary depending on the severity of the violation and a person’s past history of violations.

Penalties range from asking the user to voluntarily remove an offensive tweet, to suspending the entire account.

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