Twitter Appears To Be Blocking All Links

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  • by: Maarten Schenk

STORY UPDATED: check for updates below.

Twitter Appears To Be Blocking All Links

Something weird appears to be going on with the sharing of links on Twitter to articles on the UK domain name of Google's Blogspot/Blogger service. Blogger is one of the oldest blogging services around. It was created by Pyra Labs and got acquired by Google in 2003. Blogs published on the site end up on subdomains of "" but depending on which country visitors are coming from they get redirected to to a country-specific domain. For example if a Belgian visitor tries to visit he will end up at

We were first made aware of the issue though this tweet (archived):

We decided to investigate for ourselves by trying to post a link to a subdomain on that we made up for the test:


And indeed, we were unable to publish the link:


Next we simply changed "" to ".com" and tried again:


This resulted in an actual tweet being sent out (which we have since deleted):


When we performed a search for "" on Twitter we did find recent tweets that seemed to contain the subdomain in question:

But when we attempted to actually click the (URL shortened) link in the tweet it took us to a page that looked like this (archived here):


So it looks like Twitter is accusing an official UK coast guard website of being spam/malicious in nature/violating their TOS:

The link you are trying to access has been identified by Twitter or our partners as being potentially harmful or associated with a violation of Twitter's Terms of Service. This link could lead to a site that:

  • steals your password or other personal information
  • installs malicious software programs on your computer
  • collects your personal information for spam purposes
  • has been associated with a violation of Twitter's Terms of Service

Some UK Twitter users were already getting quite upset about this:

We have reached out to Twitter for comment.


  • 2018-02-16T10:40:29Z 2018-02-16T10:40:29Z
    It appears the block has been lifted now.
  • 2018-02-12T13:51:37Z 2018-02-12T13:51:37Z
    Edited the title again to be findable in Google News...
  • 2018-02-12T13:08:29Z 2018-02-12T13:08:29Z
    We updated this story to add a space between "Blogspot" and "" in the title so it wouldn't be blocked by Twitter...

  Maarten Schenk

Maarten Schenk is the co-founder and COO/CTO of Lead Stories and an expert on fake news and hoax websites. He likes to go beyond just debunking trending fake news stories and is endlessly fascinated by the dazzling variety of psychological and technical tricks used by the people and networks who intentionally spread made-up things on the internet.

Read more about or contact Maarten Schenk

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