Monday, December 19, 2022

Twitter prohibits linking to Facebook, Instagram, and other competitors

Twitter bans linking to Facebook, Instagram, other rivals

CAPE CANAVERAL: The most recent policy shift made by the company under its controversial new owner, Elon Musk, was announced by Twitter on Sunday that it would no longer permit users to promote their accounts on a variety of social media platforms, including Instagram and Facebook.

Third-party social media link aggregators like and, as well as Mastodon, Post, and Truth Social, are affected by the move, which comes after Twitter users started encouraging their followers to view their posts elsewhere.


In a statement, the company stated, "Twitter will no longer allow free promotion of specific social media platforms going forward."

According to the company's explanation, "We will remove any free promotion of prohibited third-party social media platforms, such as linking out (i.e. using URLs) to any of the below platforms on Twitter, or providing your handle without a URL." This applies "at both the Tweet level and the account level."

Twitter stated that as a result, users would not be able to post things like "Follow me @username on Instagram."

Twitter stated that actions "ranging from requiring the deletion of one or more Tweets to temporarily locking account(s)" will be taken against first-time offenders.

"A permanent suspension will be imposed for any subsequent offenses."

In a single tweet, Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey questioned the new policy: " Why?"

The move was the most recent in a developing series of discussions produced by the irregular very rich person in the brief time frame since he purchased Twitter in late October, including cutbacks and restoration of a few extreme right records.

Recently, Musk complained that some journalists had shared information about the movements of his private jet that could put his family in danger, most recently Washington Post reporter Taylor Lorenz.

He announced shortly after taking over the platform that the site would charge $8 per month to verify account holders' identities. However, due to an embarrassing rash of fake accounts, the "Twitter Blue" plan had to be suspended. Since then, it has been relaunched.

Twitter laid off half of its 7,500 employees on November 4, after Musk stated that the business was losing $4 million per day.

Additionally, Musk said that Twitter would no longer work to combat Covid-19 disinformation and reinstated the banned account of former president Donald Trump.

The United Nations and the European Union have both voiced their outrage at the suspension of the journalists, who included employees of CNN, The New York Times, and The Washington Post.

The Federal Trade Commission of the United States stated that it was "deeply concerned" about Twitter's developments.

The suspension of Lorenz's account "further undermines Elon Musk's claim that he intends to run Twitter as a platform dedicated to free speech," according to Sally Buzbee, executive editor of the Washington Post.

Since then, some of the suspended accounts have been reinstated.

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