X delays access to content at Reuters, New York Times and rival platforms

The Washington Post reported late Tuesday that the social media platform X, formerly known as Twitter, delayed access to links to content on Reuters and New York Times websites, as well as rival platforms such as Bluesky, Facebook and Instagram.

The Washington Post, based on tests conducted on Tuesday, reported that clicking on a VX link to one of the affected sites resulted in a delay of about five seconds before the web page loaded.

Reuters confirmed a similar delay in its tests.

By late Tuesday, X appeared to have removed the delay. When contacted by Reuters for comment, X confirmed the delay had been removed but did not elaborate.

Billionaire Elon Musk, who bought Twitter in late October for $44 billion, has previously criticized news organizations and journalists who have criticized his companies, including electric car maker Tesla and Space Industries.

Twitter has previously banned users from posting links to rival social media platforms.

This, and it is not known exactly when the exe started delaying links to some sites.

A Hacker News user posted about the delay earlier Tuesday and said X had begun delaying links to the New York Times on Aug. 4.

On that day, Musk criticized the newspaper’s coverage of South Africa and accused it of supporting calls for genocide.

A New York Times spokesman said the newspaper had received no explanation from X about the link delay.

“While we don’t know the rationale behind the application of this time delay, we are concerned about the targeted pressure applied to any news organization for unclear reasons,” the spokesman said Tuesday.

A Reuters spokesperson said: “We are aware of the Washington Post report of a delay in opening links to Reuters news on the X website. We’re looking into it.”

 

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