On Twitter, it is now forbidden to send links to Mastodon, Instagram and Facebook

OLIVIER DOULIERY / AFP Twitter has decided to crack down on people who post links to Facebook, Instagram or Mastodon.

OLIVIER DOULIERY / AFP

Twitter has decided to crack down on people who post links to Facebook, Instagram or Mastodon.

TWITTER – It is, to say the least, an abrupt decision made by Elon Musk’s team. Twitter users are now prohibited from promoting their presence on many other social networks, the company announced in a final update of its terms of use posted on Sunday, December 18.

Specifically, Twitter now promises the deletion of every tweet that contains a link to another publication made on Facebook and Instagram, but also other lesser-known platforms such as Mastodon (current competitor to Twitter), Truth Social (created by Donald Trump, who still uses ) , or Tribel, Nostr and Post.

Elon Musk’s social networking team also promises to potentially delete accounts “created primarily to promote content on other social networks”. Finally, Twitter accounts are no longer allowed to have links to the platforms mentioned in their bios.

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It should be noted that the social network TikTok is currently spared from these bans. But the latter immediately provoked many critical comments from Twitter users who lamented that the social network is closing in this way – whereas until now everyone could distribute almost any type of legal link there without being worried.

These decisions come after the backlash experienced by several US journalists on Twitter in recent days, who have seen their accounts temporarily suspended for spreading information related to real-time tracking of Elon Musk’s jets. In the process, other journalists and Twitter users had indicated that they could be followed on other platforms, notably Mastodon, in the event of an unexpected closure of their accounts. It is probably this migration and the promotion of competitors to Twitter that Elon Musk’s team is now seeking to curb.

One of the last US journalists to have her account suspended, Taylor Lorenz, joked by posting a link promoting … her Youtube account (links remain approved on Twitter for now).

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