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Twitter has decided to crack down on people posting links to Facebook, Instagram or Mastodon.
TWITTER – It’s a decision for the less abrupt price by the teams of Elon Musk. Twitter users are now prohibited from promoting their presence on many other social networks, the company announced in a final update of its rules of use published Sunday, December 18.
Concretely, Twitter now promises the deletion of each tweet containing a link to another publication made on Facebook and Instagram, but also other lesser-known platforms such as Mastodon (current competitor of Twitter), Truth Social (created by Donald Trump, who still use), or Tribel, Nostr, and Post.
Elon Musk’s social network teams also promise to eventually delete the accounts “created primarily to promote content on other social networks”. Finally, Twitter accounts no longer have the right to have links to the platforms mentioned in their biographies.
“Locked in a bubble? »
It should be noted that the social network TikTok is for the moment spared from these prohibitions. But the latter immediately aroused many critical comments from Twitter users, regretting that the social network is closing in this way – whereas until now, everyone could distribute all types of legal links there without being worried.
The abuse is total. Twitter wants to prevent people from leaving by locking them in a bubble or what? Sites by… https://t.co/XctSuk5umJ
— Amaury ? (@AmauryPi)
These decisions come after the setbacks experienced by several American journalists on Twitter in recent days, who have seen their accounts temporarily suspended for having disseminated information related to the real-time tracking of Elon Musk’s jet. In the process, other journalists and Twitter users had indicated that they could be followed on other platforms, in particular Mastodon, in the event of the unexpected closure of their accounts. It is probably this migration and the promotion of competitors to Twitter that Elon Musk’s teams are now seeking to stem.
One of the last American journalists to have her account suspended, Taylor Lorenz, joked by posting a link promoting… her Youtube account (whose links remain authorized for the moment on Twitter).
I have a YouTube channel where I share my short tech videos!! Please subscribe 🙂 https://t.co/khvozRT2iX
—Taylor Lorenz (@TaylorLorenz)
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