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Trump’s Truth Social license may be permanently revoked

11:42, 30 October 2021
Trump’s Truth Social license may be permanently revoked Photo: Global Look Press/dpa/Chris Kleponis

Former President Trump hasn’t yet launched the new social media platform called Truth Social as the problems regarding Trump Media & Technology Group’s invention have already risen. 

The netizens have revealed that Trump’s Truth Social appears to use a Mastodon code, so software representatives immediately demanded the platform to make its source code public, in compliance to Mastodon rules regardless of Truth Social’s terms of use where the social media platform claims that its source code is “proprietary property.”

The blog post of explanation and demands was issued on Friday.

In case of non-compliance, Truth Social’s license will be revoked in 30 days.

Mastodon is a free open-source social media framework that gives people an opportunity to build online platforms without relying on major corporations. However, its AGPLv3 license demands creators to follow certain rules such as keeping the source code and any other features public.

Founder of the Mastodon, Eugen Rochko said in an issued report that Trump’s company has been warned of the rules and if not complied, the license could be revoked forever.

“On October 26, we sent a formal letter to Truth Social’s chief legal officer, requesting the source code to be made publicly available in compliance with the license. According to AGPLv3, after being notified by the copyright holder, Truth Social has 30 days to comply or the license may be permanently revoked,” Rochko said.

Truth Social is the first creation of the newly-established Trump Media & Technology Group. The platform was created in a bid to challenge such giants as Facebook and Twitter due to them depriving people of their right to speak openly, according to Trump. 

The former President’s anger towards Twitter, in which he is currently banned, has been founded by the fact that the Taliban* that is considered to be terrorist in numerous countries could freely make tweets on the platform, while Trump was banned there, during his presidency. The ex-President had more than 80 million followers.

Slightly more than a week ago, hackers broke into Truth Social just hours later Trump announced the platform’s rollout. They logged in under the names of Donald Trump himself, theorist Ron Watkins and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey. A hacker under Trump’s name posted a picture of a defecating pig. Soon after the interference, the accounts were permanently deleted.

*Taliban is a terror organization banned in the US, Russia and many other countries.