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“Link in Bio” is a Slow Knife

Anil Dash writing about how Instagram is controlling behavior by limiting the use of hyperlinks:

If anyone on Instagram can just link to any old store on the web, how can Instagram — meaning Facebook, Instagram’s increasingly-overbearing owner — tightly control commerce on its platform? If Instagram users could post links willy-nilly, they might even be able to connect directly to their users, getting their email addresses or finding other ways to communicate with them. Links represent a threat to closed systems.