Twitter users will no longer be able to link to many rival social media sites, including Facebook, Instagram and Mastodon.
On Sunday, Twitter Support tweeted that it would “no longer allow the free promotion of certain social media platforms on Twitter.”
“Specifically, we will remove accounts created specifically to promote other social platforms and content containing links or usernames to: Facebook, Instagram, Mastodon, Truth Social, Tribel, Nostr, and Post,” it added.
It will still allow people to “cross-post content from any social media platform,” the post said.
“Links or usernames to social media platforms not listed above,” such as Parler, TikTok or LinkedIn, are still allowed, it said.
Twitter did not explain why the blacklist included those seven sites and not others.
The practice of linking to other social media platforms is so common that it’s not clear if — or how — the company enforces the restrictions.
Twitter also said it would prohibit the promotion of third-party social media link aggregators, such as Linktree.
Former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey responded to the tweet, simply asking: “Why?” and claiming in another post that the move “doesn’t make sense.”
Some users accused Musk of not respecting the value of free speech, with many joking that he did so “only when it suits him.”
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Administration officials and advocacy groups have condemned the move to shut down the journalists’ accounts, one of many controversial moves since Musk took over.
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His tenure began with the firing of top officials and half of the world’s workforce, and so far the paid “blue Twitter” service has taken several U-turns.
tweet last week disbanded its trust and safety committeea group of volunteers formed in 2016 to advise social media platforms on key decisions.
Mastodon has exploded in recent weeks as an alternative for Twitter users unhappy with the overhaul of Twitter since the Tesla founder bought the platform for $44 billion in late October.
Twitter said it would still allow “paid ads/promotions” from other banned platforms.
On Sunday, Musk, who also serves as Tesla’s chief executive, tweeted that he was in Doha to watch the World Cup final.