This new “promotion of other social platforms policy” was discussed in a Tweet from Twitter Support as well as an article in the Help Center. In addition, Elon Musk stated, “Major policy alterations will be put to a vote going forward. I apologize. won’t occur once more.”
Here is the original tale.
A new “promotion of other social networks policy” has been implemented by Twitter, and violators will have their accounts suspended or deleted. Examples of these platforms include Facebook, Instagram, Mastodon, and more.
On its Help Center, Twitter provided more information on this decision, stating that it “no longer allows free promotion of specific social media networks” in tweets or account bios. This includes “giving your handle without a URL” or even “connecting out to another social networking platform using URLs.”
Facebook, Instagram, Mastodon, Truth Social, Tribel, Post, Nostr, and “3rd-party social media link aggregators such as linktr.ee [and] lnk.bio” are among the restricted networks.
Twitter provided the following instances of what it considers to be violations:
- usernam[email protected] “Follow me @username on Instagram”
- visit my Facebook profile at facebook.com/username.
- Any attempts to get around these limits using “technical or non-technical means (e.g. URL cloaking,
- plaintext obfuscation) is in violation of this policy,” and accounts that are used only for marketing material on another site “may be suspended.”
- To get past these limitations, users shouldn’t publish a screenshot of “prohibited social networking platforms” or spell out “dot” in their posts.
The business will nevertheless permit “users to publish content to Twitter from these sites,” despite the fact that marketing is no longer permitted. The “paid advertisement/promotion for any of the restricted social media networks” is another thing that Twitter will permit.
Going forward, there will be a vote for major policy changes. My apologies. Won’t happen again.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 18, 2022
If you accidentally break one of these rules and it’s a “first offense” or a “isolated event,” Twitter will temporarily suspend your account until you remove the offending Tweets. Your account may be permanently suspended if you continue to breach this policy. The same is true for user names and bios.
It would be fascinating to observe how this develops, particularly in light of the possibility that this new policy “directly violates European Union standards.” Judd Legum claims that if Twitter is proven to be in violation, there may be a fine of up to 20% of its annual income.
According to the article in question, “Gatekeeper platforms may no longer” block customers from connecting with firms outside of those platforms.