Twitter users have raised concerns about the platform selectively blocking links to the website Threads.net in Twitter searches, limiting the ability to access conversations on Threads and locate users’ profiles.
The issue was first highlighted by technologist Andy Baio, who noticed that using the search operator “url:threads.net” yielded no results, despite the presence of numerous tweets containing threads.net links.
The blocking of links to Threads.net raises questions about Twitter’s stance on promoting open dialogue and accessibility to external content. Previously, users could utilize the “url” operator to retrieve tweets with specific website links. However, the recent change seems to hinder the discoverability of conversations and profiles associated with Threads.net.
On the other hand, Twitter CEO Linda Yaccarino has pushed back against reports suggesting that Twitter traffic has been negatively impacted since the launch of new competitor, Instagram Threads, on July 5.
The situation has sparked discussions regarding Twitter’s approach to competition and its potential impact on the user experience. Some users argue that selectively blocking links may limit the diversity of conversations and hinder the platform’s reputation as an open platform for communication.
Twitter has not released an official statement addressing the specific issue of blocking links to Threads.net. However, the incident has prompted further scrutiny of Twitter’s content moderation practices and its commitment to fostering a free and open exchange of information on its platform.
As the situation develops, users and observers will be closely monitoring Twitter’s response and seeking clarification on the motivations behind blocking links to Threads.net. The impact on user engagement and the potential implications for Twitter’s reputation as a platform for open conversation will likely continue to be topics of discussion.