Twitter bans posting of handles and links to Facebook, Instagram, Mastodon, and more (Updated) • TechCrunch

(Updated Dec 19, 2022, 8:40 a.m. IST): Twitter has deleted tweets announcing the policy prohibiting people from posting handles and links to other social networks. The company also silently removed it Policy page detailing these rules. Meanwhile, the Twitter Safety account has launched reconnaissance Asking users if a company should form a policy on accounts used only for promoting other social networks.

After Twitter changed the policy, it received a lot of criticism. In a response to a user, Musk specified that the policy would be modified to Suspension of accounts for its sole purpose It is promoting to other social networks. However, Twitter has not made any official announcements regarding this.

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While people around the world were watching an exciting FIFA World Cup Final, Twitter decided to drop a bomb and banned links that promote other social networks. The list currently includes Facebook, Instagram, Mastodon, Truth Social, Tribel, Nostr, and Post. In addition, bio-linking tools such as Linktree and Lnk.Bio are also blocked – these services are commonly used by both creators and companies. Basically, you can’t post links to your other social profiles or even write your name in a tweet.

The Elon Musk-owned company no longer “allows free promotion on certain social media platforms” on Twitter. The company said it was removing all accounts “that were created solely for the purpose of promoting other social networks.” It also plans to remove links to content from the aforementioned social platforms.

“We know that many of our users may be active on other social media platforms; however, going forward, Twitter will not allow free promotion of select social media platforms on Twitter,” the social platform said on its site. policy page.

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Twitter will require you to delete tweets if you tie your handles and multiple violations of this policy will result in the account being temporarily locked. The company said if you have links to any of these platforms on your resume, it will temporarily suspend your account and require you to change your resume.

What’s interesting here is that the Musk-led company will let you post your own handle if you pay to promote the tweet.

On Saturday night, Twitter suspended the account of Washington Post journalist Taylor Lorenz. Lorenz recently deleted all of her tweets and only has three posts on her account: two promoting her other social media accounts, and one asking Musk to comment on a story she’s working on with Drew Harwell, a fellow Post writer. Harwell, along with journalists like Ryan Mack of The New York Times and Donnie O’Sullivan of CNN, was temporarily suspended after posting about how Mastodon was banned on Twitter for being linked to the Elon Jet Mastodon account. He and other journalists were reinstated after Musk posted a poll of users to vote on the journalists’ fate.

When Lorenz posted her other social media handles and got suspended, that policy didn’t exist yet. At the time of publication, it appears that her account has been reinstated.

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