Twitter blocks Substack links after platform announces competing ‘Notes’ feature

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On Friday, Twitter users reported issues with retweeting or liking posts that contain links to Substack, a newsletter platform.

According to NBC News, Twitter has placed restrictions on how users interact with posts containing the links, coming days after Substack announced that it would launch “Notes,” a feature that closely resembles Twitter.

On the desktop version of Twitter, users were given the message “Some actions on this Tweet have been disabled by Twitter” when they try to retweet or like the post. Likes and retweets on the mobile version of the social media platform did not work.

The outlet stated that it appears that Twitter has blocked responses to tweets that include Substack links as well.

“It appeared, however, that tweets with links to Substack newsletters with a unique domain name or shortened links did function normally on Twitter,” NBC reported.

In a statement to The Verge, Substack founders Chris Best, Hamish McKenzie, and Jairaj Seth said, “We’re disappointed that Twitter has chosen to restrict writers’ ability to share their work. Writers deserve the freedom to share links to Substack or anywhere else. This abrupt change is a reminder of why writers deserve a model that puts them in charge, that rewards great work with money, and that protects the free press and free speech. Their livelihoods should not be tied to platforms where they don’t own their relationship with their audience, and where the rules can change on a whim.”

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