In an innovative attempt to check who’s actually reading the links before they comment on Twitter, the new owner has broken all links from tweets. Additionally, images are not being allowed through to distract the serious reader and as another way to protect against child sexual exploitation.
This should decrease numbers of both users and advertisers, unless they prove their loyalty by attacking the appropriate targets.
Update: Some bright person has figured it out. This is from a tweet, but I won’t try to embed a tweet right now.
Twitter uses a service to capture analytics data for outbound links (using the t.co domain), and that service lost API access (presumably due to the new system that charges companies API access), so now outbound links aren’t working.
10:57 Mountain Time: They seem to have fixed it.