Future of Twitter Files unclear as Matt Taibbi announces he’s dumping the platform

The future of the Twitter Files took a grim turn on Friday, as independent journalist Matt Taibbi announced that he will be ditching Elon Musk’s platform after the Chief Twit began blocking Substack links, preventing users from liking or retweeting posts that link to Substack articles.

“Of all things: I learned earlier today that Substack links were being blocked on this platform. When I asked why, I was told it’s a dispute over the new Substack Notes platform,” Taibbi tweeted.

“Since sharing links to my articles is a primary reason I come to this platform, I was alarmed and asked what was going on,” he continued. “I was given the option of posting articles on Twitter instead.”

“I’m obviously staying at Substack,” Taibbi stated, “and will be moving to Substack Notes next week.”

The man who exposed to the world the dirty deeds that took place behind the Twitter scenes then shared the news with his Racket News subscribers.

“It turns out Twitter is upset about the new Substack Notes feature, which they see as a hostile rival,” Taibbi wrote. “When I asked how I was supposed to market my work, I was given the option of posting my articles on Twitter instead of Substack.”

“Not much suspense there; I’m staying at Substack,” he said. “You’ve all been great to me, as has the management of this company.”

The future of the Twitter Files, he admitted, will likely suffer.

“Beginning early next week I’ll be using the new Substack Notes feature (to which you’ll all have access) instead of Twitter, a decision that apparently will come with a price as far as any future Twitter Files reports are concerned,” he explained. “It was absolutely worth it and I’ll always be grateful to those who gave me the chance to work on that story, but man is this a crazy planet.”

Speaking with Fox News Digital (FND), Taibbi said he wouldn’t be closing his Twitter account, but will “have to find another medium.”

He did, he confirmed, speak directly to Musk about the issue.

“If I can’t share article links,” Taibbi told FND, “it doesn’t work professionally.”

Back on Twitter, Substack is striking back.

“We’re investigating reports that Twitter embeds and authentication no longer work on Substack,” they tweeted on Thursday. “We are actively trying to resolve this and will share updates as additional information becomes available.”

On Friday, they released a statement from Substack’s founders: “Any platform that benefits from writers’ and creators’ work but doesn’t give them control over their relationships will inevitably wonder how to respond to the platforms that do.”

Substack co-founder and CEO Chris Best said Musk’s move was “bigger than Twitter.”

“This morning Twitter started throttling links to our platform,” he tweeted on Friday.

“We hope this action was made in error and is only temporary, because writers deserve the freedom to share whatever links they want,” he continued. “But this is bigger than Twitter. It shows why it’s so important for writers to own their relationship with their audience.”

“The subscription network model puts power back in the hands of writers and readers,” he stated. “This is crucial for free speech, and it is crucial for creating an economic engine that can support great work.”

“We may be a small upstart, but the combined reach of the writers here––both in number, and in cultural impact––is already tremendous,” Best wrote. “If enough of us choose to play this new game, it will work, and incumbent platforms won’t be able to stop it.”

Substack co-founder Hamish McKenzie echoed the sentiment.

“This is how the internet changes for the better,” McKenzie stated.

For average Twitter users, Musk’s censorship of Substack articles is hitting a sour note.

When he hauled that kitchen sink into Twitter headquarters, Musk was describing himself as a “free speech absolutist,” and he has repeatedly discussed the importance of “citizen journalism.”

“Citizen journalism is vital to the future of civilization,” he tweeted in January.

Now, when media outlets such as Fox News Digital email Musk for a comment, they receive in return a poop emoji.

Trust us. We checked.

In response to Taibbi’s Racket News post, one user expressed her dismay at the news.

“So disappointed in Twitter,” the user wrote. “I thought Elon was a big supporter of Substack. Terrible news, but so grateful for the work you and others did on the Twitter files.”



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