By Chris King •
Updated: 19 Dec 2022 • 0:13
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Twitter announced this Sunday, December 18, that it will begin to prevent its users from posting links to other social networks such as Facebook, Instagram or Mastodon. Posts sharing usernames used on these competing platforms will also be banned.
“We recognise 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, read a message on the Twitter Support profile.
Elon Musk’s move came after many tweeters critical of his management on the platform had started promoting their profiles on other networks in recent weeks, especially to Mastodon or Post, which are direct alternatives 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. In addition, the platform 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 more violation, meanwhile, will lead to a permanent suspension said the company. It also indicated that it will suspend any account whose ‘main objective is to promote content on another social platform’.
Meanwhile, Musk explained that he will continue to allow ‘cross-posting’, 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.
He indicated that paid promotions will also continue to be accepted from any of these social networks. Among the platforms that do not appear as banned by Twitter, are YouTube, which is owned by Google, and the Chinese app, TikTok.
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Originally from Wales, Chris spent years on the Costa del Sol before moving to the Algarve where he is a web reporter for The Euro Weekly News covering international and Spanish national news.
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