Twitter’s New Policy on Social Media Referrals Causes Even More Anxiety for Liberal Journalists and Users

Twitter revealed a new policy on Sunday that is aimed (seemingly) at curtailing dissidents on the platform who are encouraging other users to quit Twitter and join them on other social networks, including Mastodon and TikTok.

This new rule, which is likely to ban users who attempt to recruit other users off-site, was revealed through a tweet from an official company account:

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 (@TwitterSupport) December 18, 2022

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.

— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) December 18, 2022

The Post Millennial breaks down the new rules in a little more detail:

“Examples of banned promotion include, ‘follow me @username on Instagram,’ ‘username@mastodon.socia,l’ ‘check out my profile on Facebook –’.

“The post from Twitter Support continued, ‘We still allow cross-posting content from any social media platform. Posting links or usernames to social media platforms not listed above are also not in violation of this policy.’

“While Facebook, Instagram, Mastodon, Truth Social, Tribel, Nostr, and Post are listed as forbidden sites for cross-promotion, Telegram, YouTube, Substack, and Medium are not included.”

The new policy comes amid constant drama as journalists on Twitter are beginning to recognize that the rules apply to them, a fact from which they've been protected since at the very least 2014. However, they're up in arms over this since they've been telling all those who follow them to find them elsewhere on social media—because for them, it's how big the site is that's important, not the actual work of journalism.

A few of them are realizing what it's been like to be a conservative on Twitter for the past decade.

This policy is sensible. Musk started with the goal of restoring free speech and enabling Twitter to become profitable once more. But there are those who (to some extent understandably) wonder whether the former is harmed by the latter, particularly in situations such as this.

If someone who wishes to exercise their right to speak via social media wants to share all their social media platforms with their fans, should they be allowed to do so? That's the question the more intelligent individuals are asking. There are few “sensible” people among the panicked crowd who were last week informing everyone else to join them on Mastodon.

The rule isn't clear; however, it's a sensible start to attempting to not compromise the overall performance of the website.


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