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CNN commentator Jim Acosta has found himself locked out of his Twitter account after Twitter CEO Elon Musk made changes to the platform including a ban on advertising Twitter’s competitors on the site.

Acosta was caught up with the change in policy as his Twitter handle directly contradicts the new policy change with it reading “Jim Acosta is also on Post and Mastodon.” Due to this, Acosta was locked out of his account overnight in a CNN interview with Insider’s Linette Lopez.

“I should note, my own account was locked overnight by Twitter. One of my Tweets was found to have violated Twitter’s new rule about promoting other sites,” Acosta said. “I said you can find me on Post and Mastodon and I woke up this morning and my account was locked.”

Lopez, who has also had her account restricted in the last week, argued that Twitter is now “being run by Elon’s feelings and not by any thought about the business model.”

The Insider journalist then went on to claim that “power users,” such as herself, generate content and “make the site interesting to go to.”

“Elon has just been kicking off power user journalists, who are addicted to the site, right and left,” Lopez explained. “And that’s not great for Twitter as a business so you have to wonder what he is thinking.”


The policy change, which came on Sunday, no longer allows users to promote other competitor sites. Twitter, per The Daily Wire, stated that it recognizes “that many of our users are active on other social media platforms. However, we will no longer allow free promotion of certain social media platforms on Twitter.”

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“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,” the company added.

Musk further elaborated on the policy in a reply to Ian Miles Cheong, a social media influencer, by explaining that “Twitter should be easy to use, but no more relentless free advertising of competitors. No traditional publisher allows this and neither will Twitter.”

“Casually sharing occasional links is fine,” Musk wrote, adding, “but no more relentless advertising of competitors for free, which is absurd in the extreme.”

As Musk continues to try to make Twitter a successful and profitable company, much like his other ventures like Tesla and SpaceX, he has made drastic changes in his approach. Acosta, and other left-wing journalists, may feel like they are the center of attention but under Musk’s leadership, they are going to be treated like every other user on the platform.

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