Twitter will now ban its users from posting links to competing social networks, such as Facebook or Instagram, at a time when Elon Musk’s platform is under fire for having suspended several journalists’ accounts. “Twitter no longer allows free promotion of certain social networks on Twitter,” the platform announced. Seven platforms are concerned: Facebook, Instagram, Mastodon, Truth Social, Tribel, Post and Nostr. As well as “link aggregators to social networks such as linktr.ee, lnk.bio”, it is specified. For example, it becomes forbidden to tweet: “Thank you for following me @Identifier on Instagram”.
Highlighting his latest Instagram photo, or a Facebook post, thus exposes the Twitter user to a suspension of his account. And if he mentions one of his other accounts in his biography or in his name, the penalty is the same, warns the network.
“If violations of the rule remain an isolated act or a first violation, we can take a number of measures ranging from the deletion of one or more tweets to the temporary locking of account (s)”, details Twitter. But offenders are warned: “Any repeat offense will result in a permanent suspension”.
These new rules are announced as many Twitter users have recently considered migrating to other platforms, which most likely worries the new boss of the San Francisco-based company. The change also caused misunderstanding from Jack Dorsey, the co-founder of Twitter, a company he left in 2021. “Why?”, he soberly tweeted.
After some accounts were suspended under the new policy, including that of investor Paul Graham, Mr Musk qualified his decision. He tweeted that instead of targeting individual tweets, the policy was limited to “suspending accounts only when the +primary+ purpose of that account is promoting competitors.”
He then said, “In the future, there will be a vote for major policy changes. My apologies. This will not happen again.” Subsequently, it was even submitted to the vote of users of the site his future as CEO of Twitter.
“Should I leave the management of Twitter? he tweeted, asking them to click yes or no. “I will respect the results of this poll,” he assured, the vote being open until the early hours of Monday.