Sunday, January 29

Twitter announces that it will ban links to competing social networks

Twitter has announced this Sunday that it will begin to prevent its users from posting links to other social networks such as Facebook, Instagram and Mastodon or from sharing the username they use on these competing platforms.

“We recognize that many of our users are active on other social media platforms. However, we will no longer allow free promotion of certain social media platforms on Twitter,” the Elon Musk-owned company explains in a message.

The move comes after many tweeters critical of Musk’s management began promoting their profiles on other networks in recent weeks, especially some like Mastodon and Post, which are a direct alternative to Twitter.

The measure, however, has a very broad scope and can lead to the suspension of any user who shares content from certain competing platforms, specifically Facebook, Instagram, Mastodon, Truth Social, Tribel, Post and Nostr.

According to an update published on its website, Twitter will remove all links to these social networks or messages that share the username that Twitter users use on them and, in addition, will prohibit the use of popular link aggregators such as Linktree.

In case of violations of this new policy, Twitter explains that if it is something isolated or a first violation, the user can see deleted tweets or see temporarily blocked access to their account.

Any further violation will result in a permanent suspension, says the company, which also indicates that it will suspend any account whose “primary objective is to promote content on another social platform.”

They have also explained that “cross-posting” will continue to be allowed, that is, that other platforms publish content to Twitter, for example when an image is published on Instagram and the option to share it on Twitter is selected automatically.

In addition, the company has indicated that paid promotions will continue to be accepted by any of these social networks.

Among the platforms that do not appear as banned by Twitter, the cases of YouTube, owned by Google, and the Chinese TikTok stand out.