Twitter bans promotion of accounts on other social media sites

  

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Via:  perrie-halpern  •  2 months ago  •  67 comments

By:   Julianne McShane, Jason Abbruzzese and Ezra Kaplan

Twitter bans promotion of accounts on other social media sites
Twitter will no longer allow users to promote their accounts on at least seven other major social media sites, including Facebook, Instagram and Truth Social.

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Twitter will no longer allow users to promote their accounts on at least seven other major social media sites, including Facebook, Instagram and Truth Social, it announced Sunday.

The new policy comes after many users recently began posting links to their accounts on other sites following Elon Musk's takeover as CEO of Twitter and its subsequent reinstatement of far-right accounts, suspension of journalists and mass layoffs.

"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," Twitter Support tweeted Sunday.

"Specifically, we will remove accounts created solely for the purpose of promoting other social platforms and content that contains links or usernames for the following platforms: Facebook, Instagram, Mastodon, Truth Social, Tribel, Nostr and Post," the post continued.

The policy will also ban third-party link aggregators, including linktr.ee and lnk.bio, it said, adding that it will also seek to remove users who try to circumvent the rules by spelling out "dot" and sharing screenshots of their handles on prohibited platforms, among other means to get around the restrictions.

The policy, the most significant change to Twitter under Musk, is among the most restrictive of any social media platforms' policies in how it limits what users can post. Other social media companies have few, if any, rules about users' posting links to their accounts on other platforms.

A few hours after the policy was announced Sunday, Musk appeared to contradict it in a tweet that said, "Casually sharing occasional links is fine, but no more relentless advertising of competitors for free, which is absurd in the extreme."

Musk also apologized for the abrupt policy change that followed weeks of tumult since his Oct. 27 takeover. Since then, Twitter has laid off or seen the exoduses of thousands of employees, more than half its workforce, botched introduction of paid verification for users and suspended a half-dozen journalists. They were reinstated late Friday.

"Going forward, there will be a vote for major policy changes," Musk tweeted Sunday. "My apologies. Won't happen again."

It wasn't clear whether Musk was referring to the results of Twitter polls, which he cited when he reinstated the account of former President Donald Trump and ended the suspensions of the journalists' accounts.

The polls are straw polls, meaning they are informal and not akin to scientific public research into the wishes of a defined population.

Twitter has never released an estimate of the number of inauthentic and malicious automated accounts (or "bots") on the platform. Those accounts can vote in polls.

Twitter did not immediately respond to questions.

The CEO of Post, Noam Bardin, tried to draw users to the site after the announcement.

"We make it easy to add all your social media links to your profile since none of us only use one platform," Bardin tweeted, adding "Freedom = Choice."

The other companies subject to the new policy also did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Twitter's rule changes left out some major social media platforms, most notably TikTok. TikTok is owned by the Chinese company ByteDance and is ultimately controlled by the Communist Party of China, according to company insiders and critics. Musk has been increasingly called out for his cozy relationship with China ever since he took over Twitter.

Reddit, Twitch, Telegram, WhatsApp, WeChat, Weibo and the right-wing platforms Parler and Gab are also exempt from the new policy.

Twitter announced the change during Sunday's final of the World Cup, which Musk attended and tweeted from. He was pictured sitting near Jared Kushner, a son-in-law of former President Donald Trump, who founded Truth Social, which was part of the rule change.

The new rules add to what has been a particularly chaotic stretch for the company and its new owner, with Twitter having suspended and reinstated some journalists over the past few days after a sudden rule change that targeted the dissemination about the flights of private jets.

The rule could come under governmental scrutiny, including from the Federal Trade Commission, which oversees potential anti-competitive company actions, and the European Union, which has rules about how tech companies compete with one another. A spokeswoman said the FTC had no comment on Twitter's new policy.

First-time violators of the new rule may be required to delete tweets or may have their accounts locked, and "any subsequent offenses will result in permanent suspension," Twitter said. Users who violate the policy by linking or mentioning other social media accounts in their bios or account names will have their accounts suspended and will be required to remove the mentions to be reinstated.

The new rule will still allow users to cross-post content from other sites, as well as links or usernames to social media sites that are not subject to the ban, the company said. Users who believe their accounts have mistakenly been suspended or locked can appeal, Twitter added.

Twitter co-founder and former CEO Jack Dorsey questioned the move, responding to the thread explaining the new policy with "why?" In another tweet, he said the policy "doesn't make sense."

Others in the tech industry also criticized the move. Aaron Levie, the CEO of the cloud storage company Box, tweeted, "This is just sad." Benedict Evans, a London-based tech analyst, tweeted that the move was "absolutely pathetic."

The director of Stanford University's Internet Observatory, Alex Stamos, a former chief security officer for Facebook, tweeted that the new policy is "the clearest declaration of weakness I've ever seen from a major US tech platform, and a transparent declaration of anticompetitive intent."

Paul Graham, a well-followed venture capitalist, said the rule change had pushed him to leave Twitter. "This is the last straw," he tweeted, noting that a link to his account on Mastodon was on his website. "I give up."

Graham's account was suspended hours later.

Taylor Lorenz, a Washington Post tech and online culture columnist who was suspended from Twitter on Saturday night after she tweeted at Musk seeking comment for a story and has since been reinstated, said she "cannot imagine a worse policy if you want content creators to come on your site."

"People don't want to be locked in a jail and that is what Musk is doing," she told NBC News. "He's closing the doors and trying to keep people in."

Lorenz previously had a tweet pinned to her profile promoting her accounts on other sites, including some that are now banned. But as soon as she was reinstated, which was right around the time the company announced the new policy, she took the tweet down, she said.

Musk had not yet addressed the change as of Sunday afternoon, but many users were passing around previous tweets from him that could be seen as criticizing the new policy.

Most notably, one of his tweets from June read: "The acid test for any two competing socioeconomic systems is which side needs to build a wall to keep people from escaping? That's the bad one!"


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Perrie Halpern R.A.
Professor Principal
1  seeder  Perrie Halpern R.A.    2 months ago

Wink, wink... say no more, say no more, LOL! 

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
Professor Principal
1.1  Vic Eldred  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @1    2 months ago

Yup, there it is.

 "we will no longer allow free promotion of certain social media platforms on Twitter," Twitter Support tweeted Sunday."

I have a feeling they were never allowing that.

 
 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
Professor Principal
1.1.1  seeder  Perrie Halpern R.A.  replied to  Vic Eldred @1.1    2 months ago

But they do allow other sites.....

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
Professor Principal
1.1.2  Vic Eldred  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @1.1.1    2 months ago

Just not potential competitors?

 
 
 
MrFrost
Professor Expert
1.1.3  MrFrost  replied to  Vic Eldred @1.1.2    2 months ago

Just not potential competitors?

As I said before, Vic, Elmo knows people are leaving Twitter in droves and people are talking about alternatives.. He just doesn't want people to know about the competition or having the competition advertised on Twitter. Nothing wrong with it, nothing illegal about it but it does make him a massive hypocrite for suppressing free speech...something he professes to covet. 

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
Professor Principal
1.1.4  Vic Eldred  replied to  MrFrost @1.1.3    2 months ago

Oh that's right, you once had a following over there for simply calling Trump names.

I'm not interested in whether Twitter lives or dies. I want those in the FBI who colluded with Twitter held accountable for violating the 1st Amendment.

 
 
 
MrFrost
Professor Expert
1.1.5  MrFrost  replied to  Vic Eldred @1.1.4    2 months ago
Oh that's right, you once had a following over there for simply calling Trump names.

Once had? 

LOL

Still have..

Twitter held accountable for violating the 1st Amendment.

First Amendment doesn't apply to Twitter, (Google, UNtruth social, Mastadon, Facebook, etc..) or any other privately owned company. If it did, Elmo would be fucked for violating it. 

Sorry Bubba, you don't get it both ways. 

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
Professor Principal
1.1.6  Vic Eldred  replied to  MrFrost @1.1.5    2 months ago
First Amendment doesn't apply to Twitter, (Google, UNtruth social, Mastadon, Facebook, etc..) or any other privately owned company

But it does to the FBI as a government entity.


Sorry Bubba, you don't get it both ways.

Neither do you.

And BTW, it's Vic to you.

 
 
 
Split Personality
Professor Principal
1.1.7  Split Personality  replied to  Vic Eldred @1.1.6    one month ago
But it does to the FBI as a government entity.

Meaning what exactly?

 
 
 
Split Personality
Professor Principal
1.1.8  Split Personality  replied to  Vic Eldred @1.1.4    one month ago
I want those in the FBI who colluded with Twitter held accountable for violating the 1st Amendment.

They didn't, according to the same "Twitter Files" that Fox News is lying about.

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
1.1.9  Tessylo  replied to  Split Personality @1.1.7    one month ago

You will never get an answer to that question

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
Professor Expert
2  Buzz of the Orient    2 months ago

No problem for me.  

 
 
 
MrFrost
Professor Expert
3  MrFrost    2 months ago

Fine with me.. At this point, Elmo is trying to stop the bleeding by forbidding the mention of the competition. It won't help, the damage is done. I am near 20k followers on Twitter so I will be staying, but...I have started accounts on Post and Trible. 

 
 
 
devangelical
Professor Principal
3.1  devangelical  replied to  MrFrost @3    2 months ago

that clown is the proverbial monkey with a machine gun...

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
3.1.1  Tessylo  replied to  devangelical @3.1    one month ago

what a great picture that creates in my mind

lol

 
 
 
Greg Jones
Professor Guide
4  Greg Jones    2 months ago

Poor Elon, the newest punching bag and villain of the left. He's getting a lot of flak, so he must be over the target.

 
 
 
Hallux
Junior Principal
4.1  Hallux  replied to  Greg Jones @4    2 months ago

Poor Elon? The newest hero of the right and 'we' are well aware of the right's bandwagon approach to choosing le clown du jour.

 
 
 
magicschoolbusdropout
Sophomore Principal
4.2  magicschoolbusdropout  replied to  Greg Jones @4    2 months ago
he must be over the target.

He is !

 
 
 
Right Down the Center
Sophomore Guide
4.3  Right Down the Center  replied to  Greg Jones @4    2 months ago

He may be a bit surprised about the results.  Maybe all the snowflakes that said they were leaving Twitter never actually left.  I have not heard anything of a timeline if the vote  came back that he should leave.  Maybe he will use the same timeline all the celebrities that said they would move out of the USA if Trump won in 2016 yet are still here.

 
 
 
MrFrost
Professor Expert
4.3.1  MrFrost  replied to  Right Down the Center @4.3    2 months ago
Maybe all the snowflakes that said they were leaving Twitter never actually left.

People are leaving, I've lost 800 follows in the last few weeks and I am not the only one by a long shot. A friend I have on Twitter lost 20,000 followers in one day but then he has 337,000 followers. 

And before you start spitting out the, "snowflake" tag, I would remind you that a LOT of Nutters swore to leave the USA if Obama won...none actually did, (Rush Limbaugh was one). 

 
 
 
Right Down the Center
Sophomore Guide
4.3.2  Right Down the Center  replied to  MrFrost @4.3.1    2 months ago

I hope they open more safe spaces to help people with any self esteem issues if they are losing followers or not getting enough retweets or whatever is important to them.

Although I never said being a snowflake was exclusive to one group it seems that one group holds a sizeable advantage in snowflakery.

 
 
 
MrFrost
Professor Expert
4.3.3  MrFrost  replied to  Right Down the Center @4.3.2    2 months ago
I hope they open more safe spaces to help people with any self esteem issues if they are losing followers or not getting enough retweets or whatever is important to them.

Indeed, Nick Adams (Beta Male) spends his days dick riding trump and whining.....every single day. He sure could use a safe space and by the looks of it, trump needs one too, where he can air his laundry list of grievances. Me? Lost a few follows, gain a few, all good with me. If people want to hear what I have to say, great, if not, that's fine too... Part of that whole free speech thingy. 

 
 
 
devangelical
Professor Principal
4.3.4  devangelical  replied to  MrFrost @4.3.1    2 months ago
a LOT of Nutters swore to leave the USA if Obama won...none actually did, (Rush Limbaugh was one)

well, technically...

 
 
 
Split Personality
Professor Principal
4.3.5  Split Personality  replied to  MrFrost @4.3.1    2 months ago

I remember the tax consultant / preacher who said he would take himself to Belize along with his internet companies,

He left briefly then reregged for a while, quit eventually, never moved to Belize.

 
 
 
MrFrost
Professor Expert
4.3.6  MrFrost  replied to  Split Personality @4.3.5    2 months ago

Exactly....

 
 
 
devangelical
Professor Principal
4.3.7  devangelical  replied to  Split Personality @4.3.5    2 months ago
the tax consultant / preacher

LOL

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
Professor Principal
4.3.8  Trout Giggles  replied to  devangelical @4.3.7    2 months ago

psssttt...who?

 
 
 
Split Personality
Professor Principal
4.3.9  Split Personality  replied to  Trout Giggles @4.3.8    2 months ago

can't remember the name, just the scary avatar.

sort of like Santa with an Amish hat.

 
 
 
devangelical
Professor Principal
4.3.10  devangelical  replied to  Split Personality @4.3.9    one month ago

... he was fun to provoke. that f'n religious wacko had a short fuse.

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
4.3.11  Tessylo  replied to  devangelical @4.3.10    one month ago

I know who you are talking about.  I wonder what happened to him now that you mention whackos

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
Professor Principal
4.3.12  Trout Giggles  replied to  Split Personality @4.3.9    one month ago

that wasn't Ron was it?

 
 
 
Split Personality
Professor Principal
4.3.13  Split Personality  replied to  Trout Giggles @4.3.12    one month ago

No, not the beer belly paratrooper, lol.

 
 
 
devangelical
Professor Principal
4.3.14  devangelical  replied to  Split Personality @4.3.13    one month ago

LFoD?

the NT version of john brown...

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
4.3.15  Tessylo  replied to  devangelical @4.3.14    one month ago

That is him!

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
Professor Principal
4.3.16  Trout Giggles  replied to  devangelical @4.3.14    one month ago

Yeah...I don't miss him

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
Professor Principal
4.3.17  Trout Giggles  replied to  Split Personality @4.3.13    one month ago

I meant RonW NJP's boyfriend

 
 
 
Split Personality
Professor Principal
4.3.18  Split Personality  replied to  Trout Giggles @4.3.17    one month ago

Yep he claimed to be a paratrooper at some point.

 
 
 
al Jizzerror
Junior Expert
4.3.19  al Jizzerror  replied to  Split Personality @4.3.18    one month ago
Yep he claimed to be a paratrooper at some point.

Well, RonW's avatar was a selfie of him wearing a black leather harness.

I ridiculed his avatar by complimenting him for having the courage to show off his cute little black bra.

He insisted that it was a harness (not a bra).

So I posted a picture of a gay S&M couple wearing similar black leather harnesses.

I complimented him for having the courage to model his gay S&M outfit.

RonW changed his avatar.  He was one of the worst trolls on NV.

I enjoyed trolling the troll with compliments. 

 
 
 
al Jizzerror
Junior Expert
4.3.20  al Jizzerror  replied to  Split Personality @4.3.13    one month ago
the beer belly paratrooper

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Kavika
Professor Principal
5  Kavika     2 months ago

 Musk said he would follow the poll that he posted asking if he should quit as the head of Twitter. The poll was in favor of him leaving, let's see if he does it or not. 

 
 
 
Greg Jones
Professor Guide
5.1  Greg Jones  replied to  Kavika @5    2 months ago

Whatever...

He'll still be the owner and chief decision maker.

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
Professor Principal
5.2  Trout Giggles  replied to  Kavika @5    2 months ago

I got a jelly donut that says he won't

 
 
 
MrFrost
Professor Expert
5.2.1  MrFrost  replied to  Trout Giggles @5.2    2 months ago

I got a jelly donut that says he won't

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Snoop Dogg
@SnoopDogg
Should I run Twitter ?
  • Yes 81%
  • No 19%
2,529,380 votes · 6 hours left
 
 
 
Trout Giggles
Professor Principal
5.2.2  Trout Giggles  replied to  MrFrost @5.2.1    2 months ago

YES!!!

Snoop should run twitter

 
 
 
MrFrost
Professor Expert
5.2.3  MrFrost  replied to  Trout Giggles @5.2.2    2 months ago

Snoop should run twitter

Agreed! 

 
 
 
al Jizzerror
Junior Expert
5.3  al Jizzerror  replied to  Kavika @5    2 months ago
The poll was in favor of him leaving, let's see if he does it or not. 

The poll was about whether he should step down from being the "CEO" of Twitter.

Butt if the poll goes against him, he can do the Trump whine.

He can claim the poll was "rigged".

Or he can always create enough bots to vote for him to remain CEO.

 
 
 
Split Personality
Professor Principal
5.3.1  Split Personality  replied to  al Jizzerror @5.3    one month ago

He now says he is stepping aside as soon as he can find someone nuts enough to be his CEO

but he will still be in charge of "software and engineers".

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
Professor Principal
5.3.2  Trout Giggles  replied to  Split Personality @5.3.1    one month ago

I'm holding onto my jelly donut for now

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
5.3.3  Tessylo  replied to  Trout Giggles @5.3.2    one month ago

Now I want a jelly donut

 
 
 
Right Down the Center
Sophomore Guide
6  Right Down the Center    2 months ago

Well there is another 2 or three days of fodder for the viewers of CNN and MSNBC

 
 
 
magicschoolbusdropout
Sophomore Principal
6.1  magicschoolbusdropout  replied to  Right Down the Center @6    2 months ago
Well there is another 2 or three days of fodder for the viewers of CNN and MSNBC

 Easier to cover Musk, than IMPORTANT issues going on in this country, like "Illegals flooding the Open Border", and other  STUPID Stuff Like that !

"Important" issues might make the Whitehouse look bad. Can't have that.

Better to Deflect to ....... Musk, Musk, Musk !

 
 
 
Right Down the Center
Sophomore Guide
6.1.1  Right Down the Center  replied to  magicschoolbusdropout @6.1    2 months ago

It seems the MSM may have realized their audience is tiring of all Trump all the time and had to look for a new boogeyman, a role Elon seems to have no problem with.

 
 
 
magicschoolbusdropout
Sophomore Principal
6.1.2  magicschoolbusdropout  replied to  Right Down the Center @6.1.1    2 months ago
a role Elon seems to have no problem with.

AS I understand it... Trump didn't seem to have a "Problem" with it either.

But MSM will Run with what they think will get them ratings.....even when it doesn't work. "Thinking" Something will work, and actually "Having" something that works, isn't the same.

Elon doesn't care one way or another. He doesn't worry about money, like MSM has to. LOL !

 
 
 
Right Down the Center
Sophomore Guide
6.1.3  Right Down the Center  replied to  magicschoolbusdropout @6.1.2    2 months ago
He doesn't worry about money,
Ah, to have FU money.....

 
 
 
magicschoolbusdropout
Sophomore Principal
6.1.4  magicschoolbusdropout  replied to  Right Down the Center @6.1.3    2 months ago
Ah, to have FU money.....

I can only "Dream" about that much, but I don't condemn others for "Having" it, unlike the "Left" loves doing !

 
 
 
MrFrost
Professor Expert
6.2  MrFrost  replied to  Right Down the Center @6    2 months ago

Well there is another 2 or three days of fodder for the viewers of CNN and MSNBC

Naw, they have moved on to other "fodder". 
1. Obstruction of an official proceeding
2. Conspiracy to defraud the United States
3. Conspiracy to make a false statement (fake electors)
4. Incite, assist or aid an Insurrection
 
 
 
Trout Giggles
Professor Principal
6.2.1  Trout Giggles  replied to  MrFrost @6.2    2 months ago

And your list is WAY more interesting than anything going on over at Twitter

 
 
 
Right Down the Center
Sophomore Guide
6.2.2  Right Down the Center  replied to  MrFrost @6.2    2 months ago

Nothing new there. That was a forgone conclusion. I am sure Elon news will be right back on top.

 
 
 
Split Personality
Professor Principal
7  Split Personality    2 months ago

Twitter's ban on linking to other social media was deleted about 13 hours later.

Too much backlash from those who complained rather than those who simply tried to

delete their accounts.

Not everything works like it used to because those engineers are long gone,

probably worrying about whether Elon will keep his word about their severance pay...

Elon must like pinball machines, the ball is the always the center of attention

and changes direction frequently. /s

 
 
 
MrFrost
Professor Expert
7.1  MrFrost  replied to  Split Personality @7    2 months ago

Elmo bit off more than he can chew... 

 
 
 
devangelical
Professor Principal
7.1.1  devangelical  replied to  MrFrost @7.1    2 months ago

it seems continuously hearing the word no is proving to be difficult at this stage of his arrested adolescence.

 
 
 
Split Personality
Professor Principal
7.1.2  Split Personality  replied to  MrFrost @7.1    2 months ago

Now a user of Twitter who is actually paying for the blue check mark suggested that only paying

customers should be allowed to vote,

Musk agreed to "change that".

 
 
 
al Jizzerror
Junior Expert
7.1.3  al Jizzerror  replied to  Split Personality @7.1.2    2 months ago
paying for the blue check mark

Yes.

Paying $8 for a fucking blue check mark is proof that the buyer IS a fucking "mark".

512

 
 
 
Split Personality
Professor Principal
7.1.4  Split Personality  replied to  al Jizzerror @7.1.3    one month ago

Musk and Fox News keep perpetuating the lie that the FBI paid Twitter to stifle the news stories for team Biden.

The so-called Twitter Files that Musk himself released indicate otherwise.

It is common practice everywhere to process FOIA requests at the expense of the party requesting the information. It says right in the "Twitter Files" that the income from the FBI was reimbursement for research and FOIA requests.

Cannot convince the "Told/you/so" crowd, lol, too many conspiracy theorists.

 
 
 
devangelical
Professor Principal
7.1.5  devangelical  replied to  Split Personality @7.1.4    one month ago

that story and the open border story are alternating on wingnut radio stations, while nary a peep about the historical criminal referrals of the leader of their republican party.

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
7.1.6  Tessylo  replied to  devangelical @7.1.5    one month ago

If projection, deflection and denial were criminal offenses, some folks on NT would be in prison for life

 
 
 
Tessylo
Professor Principal
7.1.7  Tessylo  replied to  devangelical @7.1.5    one month ago

according to some I imagine it isn't 'news worthy'

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