Twitter says it will no longer allow ‘free promotion’ of other social media platforms

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Elon Musk Twitter account displayed on a phone screen and Twitter logo displayed on a screen in the background are seen in this illustration photo taken in Krakow, Poland on November 22, 2022.
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Twitter said it will no longer allow users to promote other social media accounts on its platform, according to a thread of tweets the company shared Sunday.

“We recognize that many of our users are active on other social media platforms,” the company said. “However, we will no longer allow free promotion of certain social media platforms on Twitter.”

Many users have been sharing their other social media accounts on Twitter following Elon Musk’s $44 billion takeover of the company in October. Twitter said the company will still allow cross-posting from different platforms, but tweeting content like “follow me @username on Instagram,” or “username@mastodon.social” is now a policy violation.

Posting third-party link aggregators like linktr.ee and lnk.bio is also banned under the new rules.

If users violate this new policy, they may be required to delete their offending tweets. Accounts may also be temporarily locked or suspended, Twitter said. The company will remove accounts that try to get around the rules by posting screenshots of their other accounts or spelling out words like “dot.”

The policy is unusual, as few, if any, other social media companies have rules about sharing links to other accounts. Twitter’s co-founder and former CEO Jack Dorsey said the company’s new policy “doesn’t make sense” in a tweet Sunday.

Twitter has carried out a number of controversial suspensions this week as a result of recent changes to its policy on “doxxing,” which the company defines as the “sharing someone’s private information online without their permission.”

The updated policy prohibits users from sharing live location information, home addresses, contact information or physical location information. The changes resulted in a number of account suspensions, including many journalists who have been covering Musk and his companies. The flight-tracking accounts created by 20-year-old Jack Sweeney, many of which tracked Musk’s travel movements, were also suspended.

Musk has been vocal about his efforts to protect free speech on Twitter. In early November, Musk claimed he was such a staunch advocate for free speech that he would not ban the plane tracking account, which he called a “direct personal safety risk.” As of Sunday, Sweeney’s accounts remained suspended.

Many of the suspended journalists’ accounts were reinstated Saturday, but Business Insider’s Linette Lopez remains suspended. Twitter suspended the Washington Post’s Taylor Lorenz late Saturday night, but her account was reinstated as of Sunday afternoon.

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