(Washington) Twitter will now prohibit 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 the accounts of several journalists.
“Twitter no longer allows free promotion of certain social networks on Twitter,” the platform announced on Sunday.
These are seven platforms: Facebook, Instagram, Mastodon, Truth Social, Tribal, Post and Nostr. As well as “link aggregators to social networks such as linktr.ee, lnk.bio”, it is specified.
For example, it is prohibited to tweet: “Thanks for following me @Identifier on Instagram”.
Highlighting your latest Instagram photo, or a Facebook post, exposes the Twitter user to an account suspension. And if you mention any of his other accounts in your biography or in his name, the penalty is the same, the chain warns.
“If the violations of the rule continue to be an isolated act or a first violation, we can take a series of measures ranging from the removal of one or more tweets to the temporary blocking of the account (s),” details Twitter. .
But violators are warned: “Any repeat offenses will result in a permanent suspension.”
These new rules come as many Twitter users have recently said they are considering migrating to other platforms, likely worrying the new head of the San Francisco-based company.
The change also sparked the misunderstanding of Jack Dorsey, the co-founder of Twitter, a company he left in 2021. “Why? “, he soberly tweeted.
Since his takeover by the head of Tesla and SpaceX in late October for $44 billion, moderation rules put in place on Twitter by self-proclaimed free-speech advocate Elon Musk have caused concern.
In the last few days, he deleted and then restored the accounts of several American journalists, CNN, New York Times Y Washington Post in particular, by causing the European Union and the UN to react. The Vice President of the European Commission even threatened him with sanctions.
The billionaire had suspended first, on Wednesday, @elonjet, an account that automatically reported the routes of his private jet, then the accounts of journalists who later tweeted about the decision, accusing them of endangering his family.
These were reinstated on Saturday, but some said they were told to remove certain posts if they wanted to make full use of the platform.
And, on Saturday night, the Twitter account of a journalist from Washington PostTaylor Lorenz, was in turn suspended for several hours.
“Elon Musk has suspended my Twitter account,” said the journalist, who covers the technology sector for the Washington Post.
His account was reinstated on Sunday and he tweeted at 12:38 p.m.
The platform’s billionaire boss earlier in the day stated on Twitter that it was a “temporary suspension due to a prior disclosure of personal data by this account.”
His tweet was in response to Eric Weinstein, managing director of Thiel Capital – an investment company founded by Peter Thiel, an investor and supporter of Donald Trump – who asked him about it.
The journalist explained that she asked Elon Musk a question through Twitter, for an article he is writing, because he could not communicate with him through traditional channels.
“At 8:30 p.m. I tried to reach him on Twitter for comment,” he said, adding that when he later “tuned in (Twitter) to see if he had responded to our request, I was suspended.” I have not received any communication from the company about the reasons for my suspension or the conditions that I breached.
Elon Musk has sent mixed messages since taking over Twitter, reinstating previously banned accounts, including Donald Trump’s.
But it also suspended Kanye West’s after the publication of several messages considered anti-Semitic and rejected the return to the platform of the far-right cabal, Alex Jones.
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