After the takeover of Twitter by Elon Musk, many of the users left Twitter and shifted to its alternative platform like Mastodon, Truth Social, Tribel, Nostr, etc.
Today, Twitter announced that it 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.'
This means that Twitter will ban or suspend the accounts of users will share their other social media accounts on Twitter.
However, Twitter states that they will still allow cross-posting content from any social media platform. Posting links or usernames to social media platforms not listed above is also not in violation of this policy.
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
What you should not Tweet on Twitter
According to Twitter, micro-blogging social media will no longer allow free promotion of specific social media platforms on Twitter.
At both the Tweet level and the account level, Twitter will remove any free promotion of prohibited 3rd-party social media platforms, such as linking out (i.e. using URLs) to any of the below platforms on Twitter, or providing your handle without a URL:
- Prohibited platforms:
- Facebook, Instagram, Mastodon, Truth Social, Tribel, Post, and Nostr
- 3rd-party social media link aggregators such as linktr.ee, lnk.bio
Twitter will ban users who share such as :
- “follow me @username on Instagram”
- “[email protected]”
- “check out my profile on Facebook - facebook.com/username”
Furthermore, if users try to bypass restrictions on external links to the above prohibited social media platforms through technical or non-technical means (e.g. URL cloaking, plaintext obfuscation) is in violation of this policy.
This includes, but is not limited to, spelling out “dot” for social media platforms that use “.” in the names to avoid URL creation, or sharing screenshots of your handle on a prohibited social media platform.
Example: “instagram dot com/username”
What happens if the user violates Twitter policy?
Twitter already made clear that posting links to prohibited social media by bypassing or using any other trick will also lead to the suspension of the accounts.
So if users somehow share other social media links, even for the first time then Twitter will delete the tweet and temporary account locks even Temporary suspension of the accounts.
If violations of this policy are an isolated incident or first offense, Twitter may take a number of actions ranging from requiring the deletion of one or more Tweets to temporarily locking account(s). Any subsequent offenses will result in permanent suspension.
Even if users use the profile name or bio space to share the link of other social media, Twitter will temporarily suspend your account and require changes to your profile to no longer be in violation. Subsequent violations may result in permanent suspension.
If users believe that their account was locked or suspended in error, then they can submit an appeal using this form.