Twitter will ban the publication of links to competing social networks such as Facebook, Instagram or Mastodon

Users violating this policy risk temporary account suspension. Snapchat and TikTok are not among the social networks mentioned in the press release.

Twitter users will no longer have the right to post links to several competing social networks, announced this Sunday, in a press releasebillionaire Elon Musk’s platform, which is raising concerns after journalists’ accounts were suspended.

“Twitter no longer allows free promotion of certain social networks on Twitter,” the statement said, noting that Facebook, Instagram, Mastodon, Truth Social, Tribel, Post and Nostr are affected, as well as “links to network aggregators social media like,”. Snapchat and TikTok are not among the banned platforms listed in the statement.

Users who go against this policy expect a temporary suspension of their account, underlines the press release. For example, it becomes forbidden to tweet: “Thank you for following me @Identifier on Instagram”.

Users who violate this rule will prefer a suspension of their account: “If violations of the rule remain an isolated act or a first violation, we may take a number of measures ranging from the removal of one or several tweets until the temporary locking of account (s)”, details Twitter.

Bio and name of the user concerned

But “any repeat offense will result in a permanent suspension”, warns the platform.

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.

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