Twitter suspends account of Paul Graham, a VC supportive of Musk, after he tweets about Mastodon hyperlink

Paul Graham, a extensively revered enterprise capitalist who’s been supportive Elon Musk’s efforts at Twitter, had his Twitter account suspended on Sunday.

The suspension adopted a tweet through which Graham wrote: “That is the final straw. I hand over. You could find a hyperlink to my new Mastodon profile on my web site.” 

In that tweet, he linked to a new Twitter policy that forbids customers from linking out to competing social media platforms, together with Facebook, Instagram, Mastodon, Reality Social, Tribel, Submit, and Nostr.

That coverage also forbids utilizing numerous methods to get across the rule, reminiscent of writing “instagram dot com/username” to keep away from creating an precise hyperlink. 

It seems Graham’s account was suspended as a result of he wrote, “You could find a hyperlink to my new Mastodon profile on my web site.” That might be deemed by Twitter for instance of a workaround.

Fortune reached out to Twitter however didn’t obtain a direct reply; nonetheless, after we reached out to the corporate, Graham’s account was unsuspended.

Know-how writer Gergely Orosz famous the suspension on his personal Twitter account, writing, “Paul Graham – founding father of Y Combinator, and somebody who was supportive of Elon Musk because the Twitter takeover – introduced he’s taking a break from Twitter, and instructed folks can discover his Mastodon account on his web site. He was banned a number of hours later. I can not imagine it…”

Howard Lerman, a co-founder of a number of tech startups, additionally expressed shock, tweeting: “Paul Graham (previously @paulg) defines actually each attribute one might hope for on a social community: Profound, civil, considerate, sincere, direct, well mannered, lively, conscious of all, inclusive. I’m certain I missed a variety of issues he’s. And I’m actually going to him him on right here.”

Over on Mastodon, extensively thought of an alternative choice to Twitter for customers bored with Musk’s chaos, Graham himself remained characteristically diplomatic, writing: “I haven’t ‘left Twitter.’ I simply don’t wish to preserve utilizing it whereas it’s banning hyperlinks to different websites. Plus given the best way issues are going, it appeared like time to be taught extra about Mastodon.”

He added, “FWIW I nonetheless hope Elon succeeds with Twitter. Why want failure on anybody? However for me, not letting folks submit hyperlinks to their different accounts was simply an excessive amount of.”

Others commented on the suspension as effectively. Alexis Ohanian, founder and common accomplice of VC agency 776, famous Graham’s stature as Silicon Valley “royalty.” He tweeted Sunday: “Wild. @PaulG acquired suspended (for *sending people to his web site for a hyperlink to his mastadon). That is gonna get actually, actually attention-grabbing. PG is SV royalty.”

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