Trump’s social media platform faces abusive code allegations
The leading social media site Mastodon posted Truth Social, former President Donald Trump’s social media platform, a 30-day warning regarding allegations that he abused the Mastodon code.
Mastodon is free and open source software that allows individuals to host their own social networks. It has been described as a “micro-blogging” platform, with some similarities to Twitter.
According to Mastodon founder Eugen Rochko in an open letter posted to his site, TRUTH Social appears to be claiming Mastodon’s open source code as its own, without credit.
Although TRUTH Social has not yet officially launched, some users have been able to access the site and create accounts.
As pointed out ReviewGeek, the platform was compromised almost immediately after its announcement. A number of users were able to access a beta version of TRUTH Social, with reporter Mikael Thalen creating an account with the handle @donaldtrump.
These are the first users who noticed that TRUTH Social uses the Mastodon code.
Rochko’s statement says, “It appears that the new social media platform owned by former United States President Donald J. Trump known as Truth Social uses Mastodon’s source code with various visual tweaks.
Specifically, the Terms of Service read as follows: “Unless otherwise stated, the site is our exclusive property and all source codes, databases, features, software, web designs, audio, video, text, photographs and graphics on the Site (collectively, the “Content”) and the trademarks, service marks and logos contained therein (the “Marks”) are our property or under our control or under license, and are protected by copyright and trademark laws and various other intellectual property rights and unfair competition laws. of the United States, foreign jurisdictions and international conventions.
Rochko’s statement points out that, “notably, neither the terms nor any other part of the website contained any references to Mastodon, nor any links to the source code, which are present by default in the Mastodon user interface.”
“Mastodon is free software released under the AGPLv3 license, which requires any service on the network to use it to make its source code and all of its modifications publicly available. “
According to Rochko, Mastodon sent an official letter to the legal director of TRUTH Social on October 26, requesting that the source code be made public, in accordance with the license.
The AGPLv3 (GNU Affero General Public License) requires that within 30 days, TRUTH Social either complies or risks having its license revoked permanently.
The nonprofit, the Software Freedom Conservancy, which enforces software licenses like these, said TRUTH Social must comply with the license :, or even a former POTUS ”
Before sending the letter, Rochko said Vice motherboard that “from the screenshots I saw, [TRUTH Social] is absolutely based on Mastodon.
According to Rochko, as stated in the Vice article, a screenshot of an error message on TRUTH Social used the default Mastodon, an elephant icon.