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Twitter bans users from posting links to Facebook, Instagram, other social media sites; Takes U-turn

The company decided to ban all accounts posting handles and links to other rival social media platforms like Instagram and Facebook. However, after facing backlash over these new changes, the company has now taken down all tweets that talked about the ban and also deactivated the official page that outlined the new policy changes.

Twitter bans users from posting links to Facebook Instagram other social media sites Takes U turn faces backlash gcw
First Published Dec 19, 2022, 2:38 PM IST

Since Elon Musk bought Twitter, the company's journey has been bumpy and full of a variety of events. A fresh episode that is currently on Twitter is another addition to the lengthy record of these events. The organisation decided to block any accounts that posted usernames and links to other social media networks like Instagram and Facebook after removing Mastodon's official account. The corporation has since deleted any tweets that discussed the ban and disabled the official website that detailed the new policy changes in response to criticism of these latest adjustments.

On Sunday, Twitter announced that it would stop allowing links that promoted other social media accounts. In addition to Mastodon, which has now overtaken Twitter as the most popular substitute, Musk's firm also forbade connections to several other well-known social networking sites, including Facebook, Instagram, Tribal, and others.

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In essence, it indicated that users were no longer permitted to include links to their other social media platforms in their Twitter bios or any tweets.  The official blog post also stated that Twitter would stop users from posting shortened links from third-party aggregators such as, It appears users can continue sharing links to YouTube and TikTok, Telegram and WhatsApp channels, and news articles.

“Casually sharing occasional links is fine, but no more relentless advertising of competitors for free, which is absurd in the extreme,” Elon Musk tweeted.

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