She posted a video of Meteor
Twitter blocks astronomer for “intimate recordings”
Astronomer Mary McIntyre was denied access to her Twitter account for three months. Reason for this: it is said that she uploaded something intimate.
Twitter suspended an astronomer’s account for allegedly intimate content.
Astronomer Mary McIntyre, from Oxfordshire in southern England, posted a video of a phenomenon in the night sky in mid-August. In it you can see the ionization footprint of a Perseid meteor. “Epic,” says the scientist.
But Twitter temporarily blocked his profile for twelve hours because of this video. Reason for blocking: The content of the video is too “intimate”. You will only have access to your account again if you delete the video, the BBC reports. McIntyre didn’t do that, because in his opinion he had done nothing wrong and certainly didn’t upload anything intimate.
McIntyre is a member of the British Astronomical Association, the Society for Popular Astronomy and the Society for the History of Astronomy. She explains that she explains astronomy to a lot of school-age kids and that’s why her profile is always checked anyway. She can’t understand the block: “It was just a meteor.”
No apologies from Twitter
Any complaint to the company did not help her. Twitter never got in touch with her. Only when the BBC reported on the case did the astronomer regain access to her Twitter account, after three months.
Twitter has yet to comment on the matter, not even when the BBC and The Guardian informed the company. However, it is not clear if there are currently employees answering questions from the press since Elon Musk (51) took over Twitter. But one thing is clear: they probably had problems before the acquisition. (lrc)