This measure is aimed in particular at links to Mastodon, a social network that has been increasingly used since the takeover of twitter by Elon Musk.
Twitter users will no longer have the right to post links to several competing social networks, billionaire Elon Musk’s platform announced in a statement on Sunday, December 18, which is raising concerns after the suspension of journalists’ accounts.
“Twitter no longer allows free promotion of certain social networks on Twitter“, indicates the press release, specifying that are concerned Facebook, Instagram, Mastodon, Truth Social, Tribel, Post and Nostr, as well as “links to social media aggregators like linktr.ee, lnk.bio“. Users who go against this policy expect a temporary suspension of their account, underlines the press release. For example, it becomes forbidden to tweet: “Please follow me @ID on Instagram»
Suspension in the event of a repeat offense
Users who go against this regulation risk a suspension of their account: “If violations of the rule remain an isolated act or a first violation, we can take a number of measures ranging from deleting one or more tweets to temporarily locking account(s)“, details Twitter. Corn “any repeat offense will result in a permanent suspension», Warn the platform.
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Tweets are not the only ones to be affected by this new policy, since the biography and the name of the user cannot contain a link either, under penalty of temporary or even permanent suspension. Elon Musk, who recently bought Twitter for 44 billion dollars, wants to be a fervent defender of freedom of expression.
However, in recent days, he has deleted and then restored the accounts of several American journalists, CNN, the New York Times and the Washington Post in particular. This caused concern in the European Union and the UN, and the Vice-President of the European Commission even threatened her with sanctions.