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Twitter users will no longer be able to link to certain rival social media sites, including what the company described on Sunday as “banned platforms” Facebook, Instagram and Mastodon.

It’s the latest move by new Twitter owner Elon Musk to clamp down on some speech after he shut down a Twitter account last week that tracked the flights of his private jet.

“We know that many of our users may be active on other social media platforms; However, going forward, Twitter will no longer allow free promotion of specific social media platforms on Twitter,” the company said in a statement.

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Banned platforms include major sites like Facebook and Instagram, and new challengers Mastodon, Tribel, Nostr, Post and former President Donald Trump’s Truth Social. Twitter gave no explanation as to why it blacklisted those seven sites, but not others such as Parler, TikTok or LinkedIn.

Twitter also prohibits the promotion of third-party social media link aggregators, such as Linktree, which some people use to show where they can be found on various sites.

Twitter previously took action against one of its competitors, Mastodon, after its main Twitter account tweeted about the @ElonJet controversy last week. Mastodon has grown rapidly in recent weeks as an alternative for Twitter users unhappy with Musk’s overhaul of Twitter since he bought the company for $44 billion in late October and began restoring accounts that ran afoul of Twitter. the former leadership’s rules against hate dignity and other things. damages.

Some Twitter users included links to their new Mastodon profile and encouraged followers to find them there. That’s now banned on Twitter, as are attempts to get around the restrictions, such as using the word “instagram dot com” and a username instead of a direct website link.

Instagram and Facebook’s parent company Meta did not immediately respond to a request for comment Sunday.

On Wednesday, Musk permanently banned the @ElonJet account and later changed Twitter’s rules to prohibit posting another person’s current location without their consent. He then took aim at journalists writing on the plane’s tracking account, which can still be found on other sites including Mastodon, Facebook, Instagram and Truth Social, claiming they were broadcasting “basically the coordinates of the murders”. :

Last week, Twitter suspended multiple journalists covering the social media platform and Musk, including reporters from The New York Times, Washington Post, CNN, Voice of America and other publications. Many of those accounts were recovered as a result of Musk’s online inquiry.

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Then, over the weekend, The Washington Post’s Taylor Lorenz became the latest reporter to be suspended from Twitter.

Lorenz said he and another Post reporter were looking into the story about Musk. She had tried to contact the billionaire but her attempts went unanswered, so she tried to contact him on Saturday, posting a message on Twitter tagging Musk and asking for an interview.

The specific subject of the tweet was not identified, though it was in response to Musk’s tweets about an alleged incident in Southern California earlier in the week and Musk’s complaint that reporters had allegedly revealed his family’s location by referring to the plane. tracker account.

When he returned to check on Twitter on Saturday for a response, Lorenzi received a notification that his account had been “permanently suspended.”

“I won’t say I didn’t expect it,” Lorenz said in a phone interview with The Associated Press early Sunday morning. He said he was not given a specific reason for the ban.

Sally Buzby, executive editor of The Washington Post, said in a written statement Sunday that “the arbitrary firing of another Post reporter further undermines Elon Musk’s claim that he intends to run Twitter as a platform dedicated to free speech.

“Again, the suspension happened without warning, process or explanation, this time because our reporter was simply seeking comment from Musk for a story,” Buzby said. “Post journalists should be reinstated immediately, without arbitrary conditions.”

Lorenz’s account was reinstated Sunday afternoon, along with the tweet he believed prompted his suspension.


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