Published On: Mon, Dec 19th, 2022

Twitter’s Latest Policy Change Just Landed a Major Blow to Sex Workers

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It’s been an eventful week for Twitter. Several high-profile journalists were unexpectedly banned on the platform, and Mastodon users discovered links to the alternative social media platform were mysteriously prohibited from being shared on Twitter. Now, Twitter has formalized its anti-Mastodon policy — and in the process, Elon Musk’s company has also put sex workers in a precarious situation.

Earlier today, the official Twitter Support account announced that the social media platform will “no longer allow free promotion of certain social media platforms on Twitter.” A policy write-up reveals Twitter will now act against users that engage in the “free promotion of prohibited 3rd-party social media platforms.” This includes linking out to, and sharing a username from, a shortlist of banned websites, such as Facebook, Instagram, and Mastodon.

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