(Updated on 19 Dec 2022, 8:40 AM IST). Twitter has deleted tweets that announced a policy that prohibited people from posting handles and links to other social networks. The company has also quietly removed it policy page that detailed these rules. At the same time, the Twitter Safety account was started request asking users if the company should develop a policy regarding accounts used to promote other social networks.
After Twitter made the policy change, it received a lot of criticism. In response to one user, Musk said that the policy will be settled suspend accounts whose sole purpose is promotion on other social networks. However, Twitter has not made official statements in this regard.
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While people around the world were watching the thrilling final of the FIFA World Cup, Twitter decided to drop a bombshell and banned links promoting other social networks. The list currently includes Facebook, Instagram, Mastodon, Truth Social, Tribel, Nostr and Post. Additionally, Link-in-bio tools such as Linktree and Lnk.Bio are also prohibited; these services are commonly used by both creators and businesses. Basically, you can’t post links to your other social profiles or even type your handle into a tweet.
The Elon Musk-owned company “no longer allows free advertising for certain social media platforms” on Twitter. The company said it was removing all accounts that were “created solely for the purpose of promoting other social networks.” It also plans to remove links to content from the above social platforms.
“We know that many of our users may be active on other social media platforms; However, going forward, Twitter will no longer allow free advertising for specific social media platforms on Twitter,” the social platform said on its page. policy page.
Twitter will ask you to delete tweets if you link your handles, and multiple violations of this policy will result in temporary account suspension. The company said that if you have links to any of these platforms in your bio, it will suspend your account and ask you to change your bio.
What’s interesting here is that the Musk-led company will let you post your handle if you pay to promote the tweet.
On Saturday evening, Twitter suspended the account of Washington Post reporter Taylor Lorenz. Lorenz had recently deleted all of his tweets and only had three posts on his account. two promoting his other social media accounts, and one asking Musk to comment on a story he’s working on with Post colleague Drew Harwell. Harwell, along with reporters like Ryan Mac of the New York Times and Donnie O’Sullivan of CNN, were suspended after they reported how Mastodon’s Twitter account was banned by the Elon Jet Mastodon account. to connect. He and other journalists were reinstated after Musk posted a poll for users to vote on the journalists’ fate.
When Lorenz posted his other social media handles and was suspended, this policy did not yet exist. At the time of publication, his account appears to have been restored.