Time to review your Twitter bio, because Elon and Co. have got some new rules about what you can link out to.
Specifically, Elon and Twitter 2.0 team have decided that linking out to any competing social platform, in any way, is now against the rules. Because of free promotion?
As explained by Twitter:
“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.”
This is how Elon & Twitter are bringing back Free Speech & banning other social platforms that don't align!
“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, Tribel, Nostr and Post.”
To clarify, you need to remove all links in your bio, and no longer tweet links to your accounts on:
In case you were wondering, currently, millions of accounts are falling foul of this new rule.
Many users had noted issues trying to link to their Mastdon accounts over the past week.
Which seems understandable since Facebook uses the same rules. Facebook has been banning the links of reputable & professional websites for over 8 years.
‘But hang on’, I hear you say, ‘what about official cross-posting options using Twitter’s API, like when you share a link to something using the Twitter button from the share options available?’
That is still allowed.
“We recognize that certain social media platforms provide alternative experiences to Twitter, and allow users to post content to Twitter from these platforms. In general, any type of cross-posting to our platform is not in violation of this policy, even from the prohibited sites listed above.”
So theoretically, you could still cross-post your latest update on Instagram, and that would not be in violation of the rules. But posting a direct link to your IG profile would.
Twitter also notes that:
“Posting links or usernames to social media platforms not listed above are also not in violation of this policy.”
So links to YouTube, Pinterest, Reddit, LinkedIn, Snapchat, and interestingly, TikTok, are all fine.
The addition of Nostr, an open source platform being promoted by former Twitter chief Jack Dorsey, also suggests that the relationship has soured between those two (Probably because Jack was selling out his own users to the government & the FBI.
Twitter also says that any attempt to bypass the new rules - like spelling out ‘dot’ for social media platform links to avoid URL creation, or sharing screenshots of your handle on a prohibited social media platform.
I think this is a great move by Twitter to balance out the corruption some of these other sites are doing. At least with Elon Musk leading the charge with Twitter, we don't have to worry about our own Government & FBI censoring our thoughts!
Thank you Elon Musk for bringing back #freespeech
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