Some Twitter users can no longer send links through the social network’s direct message service. According to our early tests, unverified users are the ones seeing the issue, with unverified-to-verified and unverified-to-unverified DMs both affected. Meanwhile, those that are more fair than the others are free to send links privately to whoever they want. We’ve replicated the issue with several editors, and we’ve had no trouble sending page links (and, importantly, gifs) on DM to other (verified and unverified) Twitter users. This was across the web browser client, TweetDeck and the iOS app. According to ReadWrite, it was only able to send links to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, with all other links bouncing back with an error message. The site reckons it could be a protective measure against spam, which could make sense, following the new ability to receive DMs from people you don’t follow – if you opt-in for it — which launched this week. Then again, it could just be a bug — we’re receiving mixed reports from readers. We’ve also got in touch with Twitter, and will let you know what it says.