Twitter suspends Mastodon's account

The fallout from Twitter’s ban of an account that tracks Elon Musk’s private jet continues a day after the company drafted a new policy to justify the move.

Mastodon, a free and open-source alternative to Twitter, was apparently banned from the platform on a Thursday afternoon. According to tweet archives, Mastodon (@joinmastodon) linked to the jet tracking account on its own service shortly before it was taken down.

As of tonight at 6:30 PM PT, Twitter is warning users that visiting Mastodon can be “potentially harmful,” so many links to the platform have stopped working. In our testing, we found that tweets containing links to servers without Mastodon’s name in the domain still seemed to work. Although links to the journa. host and others will still work, mstdn. social and mastodon. social are no longer allowed.

As Mastodon gained popularity as a Twitter substitute, many users began including a link to their profile on the service in their Twitter bios. The warning “Warning: this link may be unsafe” will now appear next to any link that leads to a Mastodon server that has been blocked.

Twitter has begun blocking links to journa. host and SciComm.XYZ, two Mastodon servers that don’t include “Mastodon” in the domain name, as of 8 PM PT.

Once Elon Musk Took Control Of Twitter In 2016, Users Flocked To The 2016 Release Of Mastodon

Mastodon’s official Twitter account has been removed. As reported by The Verge, Twitter is currently blocking links to the original mastodon. social server and more than ten other domains. After some reporters wrote critically about Twitter and its CEO, Elon Musk, the microblogging service temporarily disabled their accounts.

Once Elon Musk Took Control Of Twitter In 2016, Users Flocked To The 2016 Release Of Mastodon

Users migrated away from Twitter to competitors like Mastodon and Hive after Musk’s takeover.

TechCrunch noted that as Mastodon gained popularity, many Twitter users began including a link to their profile on the competing service in their bios. Now, you’ll see a “This link may be unsafe” warning message whenever you try to access a Mastodon server that’s been blocked.

A Florida student named Jack Sweeney was recently banned from Twitter for creating an account under the handle @ElonJet and using publicly available data to monitor Musk’s personal jet in real-time. According to TechCrunch, Sweeney’s individual account was also locked.

An article in The Hill explains that since Mastodon is distributed across multiple servers, no one person can unilaterally decide how the system is to be used. There are no advertisements on the site, and the feed items appear in reverse chronological order rather than following some kind of algorithm.

After Elon Musk took control of Twitter in 2018, Mastodon, which had been released the year before, saw a surge in popularity. According to historical tweets obtained by TechCrunch, Mastodon tweeted a link to the jet tracking account on its service immediately before suspending the account.

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Twitter’s New Privacy Rules Include The Term “Doxxing”

The suspension of the Mastodon account occurred between 12 and 6 PM ET on Thursday, as reported by The Verge, and the account’s last tweet included a link to @Elonjet’s Mastodon account, as shown by internet archives.

Twitter's New Privacy Rules Include The Term Doxxing

Elonjet, an account with over 500,000 followers, and its owner Jack Sweeney’s accounts were both suspended by Twitter on Wednesday. Although Twitter has not commented on the suspensions, it is reasonable to assume that they were carried out in accordance with the company’s new privacy policy, which addresses doxxing.

Doxxing, as defined by CNN, is the act of publishing someone else’s private information, such as their address, on the Internet. According to previous coverage on Interesting Engineering, the ADS-B exchange is used by the Elonjet account to keep track of global flight activity. All of this data is already available to the general public.

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However, Thursday’s actions were not limited to Mastodon; many journalists from major news outlets, including CNN, The New York Times, and The Washington Post, also had their accounts suspended without warning.

According to a tweet by Musk, a crazy stalker was able to track down the exact location of the car in which Musk’s daughter X was riding in Los Angeles. Musk claimed he had filed suit against Sweeney and other entities because they plotted to harm his family.

While it was claimed that CNN reporter Donie O’Sullivan had revealed Musk’s live location, CNN has since denied this. It instead stated that O’Sullivan and other journalists had covered Twitter’s handling of the Elonjet account in their respective writings. While news organizations are concerned about these suspensions, they remain hopeful that the accounts will be restored and that Twitter will provide an adequate explanation for the suspensions.

In addition, Musk showed his complete control over Twitter by conducting a poll asking his followers when they thought the accounts should be restored.

Despite this, some Mastodon users have reported being unable to post links to the service on Twitter due to a warning that the links could be “potentially harmful.”

Conclusion

Mastodon, a free and open-source alternative to Twitter, was apparently banned from the platform on a Thursday afternoon. According to historical tweets uncovered by TechCrunch, Mastodon (@joinmastodon) tweeted a link to the jet tracking account on its own service shortly before it was taken offline.

TechCrunch also noted that many Mastodon links are broken on Twitter because the platform now marks them as “potentially harmful.” TechCrunch was able to successfully access some servers via tweets that did not include the Mastodon name in the domain.

Although links to journa. host and others will still work, mstdn. social and mastodon. social are no longer allowed. Some Mastodon servers, such as journa. host and SciCom. Xyz, had their links removed from Twitter after the company began cracking down on sites that promoted them.

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