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Twitter to Prohibit ‘Free Promotion’ of other Social Media Platforms

Twitter to Prohibit ‘Free Promotion’ of other Social Media Platforms
  • On Sunday, Twitter declared that its users will no longer be able to promote other social media accounts on its platform.
  • Since Elon Musk’s $44 billion acquisition of Twitter in October, many users have been leveraging the platform to advertise their other social media accounts.

In a series of tweets Sunday, Twitter announced that it will no longer permit users to promote other social media accounts on its platform. However, the tweets have been deleted.

Twitter said, “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.”

After Elon Musk’s $44 billion-dollar acquisition of Twitter in October, many users have been posting their other social media handles on the platform. Though cross-posting from different sites is allowed, promoting external accounts by saying “Follow me @username on Instagram” or “@[email protected]” violates Twitter policy.

The new rules prohibit the posting of third-party link aggregators, such as linktr.ee and lnk.bio, on social media accounts.

Should users break this new policy, they must delete their tweets that contain the violation. Twitter can also temporarily lock or suspend accounts and will remove any account attempting to get around the rules by cleverly posting screenshots of other accounts or spelling out words like “dot”.

Unprecedentedly, amongst its social media peers, Twitter has instated a policy that restricts the sharing of links to other accounts. This decision has been publicly criticized by Twitter’s co-founder and former CEO Jack Dorsey who proclaimed in a tweet on Sunday that “it doesn’t make sense”.

In the wake of Twitter’s new promotion policy, Paul Graham – an influential venture capitalist – took to his website and published a link that he would be using Mastodon for future posts. He wrote, “This is the last straw”. His account was suspended hours later by Twitter.

Graham, an avid admirer of Musk’s, created Y Combinator — the accelerator and venture firm. On Sunday night, after a pair of tweets from Musk promising that Graham’s account would be restored shortly afterward, it was re-enabled immediately.

Musk tweeted, “Going forward, there will be a vote for major policy changes. My apologies. Won’t happen again.” From the World Cup final in Doha, Elon Musk took to Twitter alongside Jared Kushner and other dignitaries.

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Kristi Lopez is working as a professional news editor at The Next Hint, Inc. She is accustomed to finding daily reports. Therefore, this keen working and addiction towards her work, it helps her to find good news.

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